Monday, August 24, 2015

Oh Fall.

I'm willing Fall to come early today. I've lit my pumpkin candles, put pumpkin wax in the warmers and I've even thrown up all of my decorations (including pumpkins) throughout the house. I don't know if it'll work but it's definitely changing the feeling in my home.

falldeco




There's something about cooler weather that calls me. It's the wrapping up in a cozy robe while drinking a warm drink. It's the flavors and scents that fill the air. The change in the leaves on the mountains. It's wearing a big sweater over leggings. (Though we haven't gotten there yet.)

Another thing I've recently noticed about the cooler weather in my life is it bringing out the bookworm in me. In the last week I've read 4 1/2 books. I've been to the library 3 times. I have yet to be disappointed. If you follow me on Goodreads you'll know what I've been reading, but for those of you who don't....

Books


What are you reading right now? Do you love Fall as much as I do?





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Thursday, August 20, 2015

11 More Questions.

I am so excited to finally feel well enough to get to writing this post. I've been going over answers in my head for weeks, thinking of who to tag, trying to figure out what pictures I want to use if any(turns out I didn't ha- just the 3 I found online). Mistle from Sweet Tea & Hydrangeas tagged me in her Getting to Know Me post back in July! If you don't know her yet, head on over and say hello! 
Questions to Answer:
1. Who inspired you to start a blog? In 2009 my husband and I began trying to start a family. Things were not going easily or as it seems to have happened for those around us. I was constantly wandering the world wide web in hopes of finding answers or ideas, comfort or friendship and that is when I started to come across blogs. I wish I knew the first one I came across or that the others than followed were still around so you could get to know them.
2. Where are you originally from? I was born in Utah but grew up in California, only to move back to Utah towards the end of high school. I feel like both have a special place in my heart.
3. What do you like to do for fun? I love to be creative. Baking, crafting....things like that. I don't do it very often because let's face it, kids come first in my life and if they can't help it doesn't happen. 
4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ah! I don't know! I feel like Australia would be amazing- my dad spent 2 years there on his mission and loved it. It would be amazing to go and see what he saw!
5. What is your long-term goal for your blog? I honestly just want to remember. Remember the things I thought were a big deal, those things that actually were and all the little in between stuff. I do love the friendships I've made through blogging and hope to continue with that.
6. What are two of your most popular posts? If only I could actually find the good ones- I know for sure that My Ring was one of them, and Guest Post is what comes up in the stats as the top! 
7. What is your favorite tv show or movie? Eek! I watch so many shows & movies that there are too many to just name one! I love My Best Friend's Wedding (or anything with Julia Roberts) PS I Love you & The Other Guys are a few favorites! Also Grey's Anatomy, Scandal & How To Get Away with Murder are a few TV show loves!


8. What advice would you give to bloggers that are just starting out? Just be you and keep going. I feel like trying to fit in with everyone else gets you no where! 
9. What is your favorite food? Mexican- though I've had some amazing homemade Mexican dishes thanks to my wonderful Mexican family. If only I could make it as well as them.
10. If you could listen to one cd for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love the Michelle Branch Spirit Room CD. I've had it for years and every time I find it- I love it more.


11. What is your favorite store to shop at? Target is the top of my list for sure! I try to avoid it so I'm not tempted to buy all of the things!


Now as for finding people to do this list I'll let you decide if you want to or not!

Here are my questions:

Where are you from?

What is the best thing about your town/city?

Favorite recipe?

What makes you want to blog?

What are your favorite blogs to check out?

Do you have a dream vacation?

Favorite books?

What shows are you looking forward to having come up this fall?

Favorite holiday coming up & why?

Top or Favorite blog posts of your own?


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Coffee Talk {2}

I'm starting this week out with a To-Do List on my mind- making this link-up the perfect one for me!

1. Clean house. My house looks great Monday night-Saturday morning, but sometime between Saturday Morning and Monday afternoon a tornado comes through and manages to destroy everything. I've been trying to work on this but just can't seem to get there. 

2. Subway art printables. I've been working on a few prints, a couple for my house and one for a lady in my neighborhood. I get up before my girls lately and just watch shows while I wait for them to wake up, instead I'm going to start pulling my laptop out and working away. 

3. Pick a hair cut/color. My anniversary is in 4 weeks. I am getting my hair done and have no idea what to do, I'm determined to have at least a couple ideas by the end of the week so I can make an appointment. 


There ya have it! Three of my goals for the week!

Linking up here today!


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Reading.

As I will be spending lots of time inside enjoying the comfort of the air conditioner as well as lots of time outside watching my girls get their energy out I decided I need to get a good list of books to read this summer! So far with the [little] wandering of blogs I've been able to do the last couple days I have a few books on my list!



In The Unlikely Event- Judy Blume

The Book of Joan- Melissa Rivers
A Million Suns- Beth Revis
Granny Dan- Danielle Steele (a re-read from a long time ago!)
   
     


    What are you reading this summer? 


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Coffee Talk.

Happy Monday! It's 7:30 and the 3 kids are still asleep here. I've been up for at least an hour since getting my nephew- who thankfully goes right back to bed. I wish I could have, I know I'll be looking for some place comfy to curl up later in the afternoon. I've been doing that a lot lately. 

I'm so happy to be linking up with Jasmine for Monday Coffee Talk today. What better way to start off a new week? So I could be wrong but it looks like we're going to share a few goals for the week and I definitely need this. If only I had a nice cup of coffee to sit down with. Right now I'm completely caffeine free and living off of water. 



one. Cleaning. Lame right? My house has been a disaster for weeks- I just can't seem to get ahead of the mess right now but I have a good feeling that this might be the week where I finally have energy and can stomach the cleaning that needs to be done.

two. Reading. We have a neighborhood/church book club. I've wanted to go but never get around to reading any of the books so with book club just over 2 months away right now I went and picked up their next book. Wonder by R.J. Palacio. I found this in the Children's section at Barnes and Noble, I'm really curious to see what I can get from this book. Have you read it yet?

three. Get some sun! This is the first time in years that I've actually had a tiny bit of tan on my legs. I've been spending tons of time outside this summer so far and am happy to say that it's paying off tan wise. Other than that it's absolutely wonderful watching my girls run around outside. They could live outside if I let them too bad it's starting to get too warm for me to enjoy it too much outside. 



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Sunday, May 31, 2015

{Review} The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide


About 2 years ago my husband took my advice and started a gluten free diet. He sticks to it when he goes out and when we're at home. The thing is, I meal plan & grocery shop, and my daughters and I don't necessarily follow a gluten free diet all of the time. At first I would check labels and only buy anything that was clearly labeled Gluten Free. It was so time consuming to walk through the store, and having to double check everything I picked up. I eventually had figured out several things and just sorta stuck with those items for a while. 



This last couple weeks I've tried something new when it comes to my meal planning and grocery shopping. I've been using The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide. I just meal plan and as I'm writing my grocery list if there is something I haven't bought too often or something I'm not quite sure about I'll just pull it up in the book. 

Honestly, at first I didn't see a point to this book, I was a bit overwhelmed with it and wasn't sure I'd even care to look through it. I mean sitting down to find new recipes, meal plan, make a grocery list, is more than enough to keep me busy and now I was supposed to throw this book in the mix? It seemed like a pain. It's really not though. I've enjoyed using it and making sure that I'm picking up the right things for my husband. 

I know he will never know what it's like to have to meal plan, make a grocery list and grocery shop all while trying to follow a specific diet, but it's A LOT of work, especially with 2 young kids in tow. If he ever gets the opportunity to actually do it I'm sure he'd appreciate the book as much as I have learned to. 

Those of you that are Gluten-Free, how do you meal plan and grocery shop? Do you stop and check every item- or are you stuck in a rut like I was for a bit there with just buying what is familiar? If you're just starting a Gluten-Free lifestyle or are looking for something to help you out, this book is a good option! Very helpful and easy to use. If you already have something you use, let me know what it is and how you like it! I was given this book in exchange for my honest review! 




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Thursday, May 21, 2015

+LIFEGUARD Mini 1 Power Bank Review




It feels like even though my phone is fully charged at night that if I'm out and about it just doesn't seem to last. My girls like to keep it busy, constantly watching shows or listening to music on it. I don't mind I just wish that I didn't have to charge it while at home or driving. Never did I think I would have a need for a +LIFEGUARD Mini 1 power bank for my phone. 


Well guess what, now that I have it, I can't believe I didn't get one sooner! This power bank has made it super easy to charge my phone while I'm out shopping, or even in church. I just toss it in my bag and plug my phone in and it starts to work it's magic! This power bank has a tough aluminum shell, making it perfect for it's travels in my purse. It can be recharged up to 800 times, easily! 

It is compatible with the following devices: iPhones, iPods, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Sony and other cell phones, MP3, MP4, digital cameras with DC 5V input. I personally use it for my iPhone and it works well! I've been very pleased with how well this works and how easy it is to use and charge. I don't have one complaint! 

Have you ever used a power bank for your device before? If not but you'd like to, I'd definitely recommend this one! I did receive this power bank in exchange for my honest review. 



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Hop!!!



We are super happy on how our blog hop is growing and how many bloggers linked up last week. We are so thankful for you guys being part of it.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

{Review} Baking Wizards Silicone Baking Mats


Baking is something I love to do but don't get to do enough of. It seems like getting through the day with my 2 girls & nephew is hard enough, that when it comes time to make dinner I don't even stop to think about dessert. My family doesn't get nearly enough cookies. 

A couple weeks ago I got the chance to try out two Silicone Baking Mats from Baking Wizards. My family was thrilled that I finally got to making some cookies for them. (If only I had remembered to take pictures!) These mats are FDA & LFGB Approved. They are non-stick and super easy to clean. They can be used for baking, roasting, warming and also preparing dough!



I'm loving these mats! They made baking cookies for my family easy! I feel like the cleaning up part of baking is the worst. I usually leave the trays in the sink waiting for someone else to wash them. These mats are ridiculously easy to clean and fit perfectly in my already very full oven drawer. 

Prior to getting these I had another silicone mat and didn't quite love it. It is nice but didn't find myself using it very often, it is very large and didn't fit well on my baking trays. Luckily these fit perfectly. If you are looking for a silicone baking mat to make your life easier I'd definitely recommend these! Have you ever used a silicone baking mat while baking?





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{Review} AND SKLEER Giveaway!




Not too long ago I was sent some SKLEER. Ever heard of it? I hadn't either. SKLEER is a Skin Conditioning Gel that is said to help you with a bunch of different skin conditions. It can help with dermatitis, eczema, dry skin, insect bites, burns, abrasions, nappy rash, hives, sun burn and more. 



So what's inside right? SKLEER is a combination of essential oils. It includes Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Caraway Oil, Cinnamon Oil & Cardamom Oil. These oils work together to help with healing your skin condition. The gel helps the oils penetrate into the skin to help with the effectiveness of this product. SKLEER does not contain parabens, lanolin, harmful preservatives, corticosteriods, hydroquinone and it is not tested on animals. It also does not contain Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Retinoic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxiode. (I love the fact that the ingredients are few and natural. Made it easier for me to try out on my girl's dry patches! 

Both of my girls have a dairy allergy. Stomachs get upset and their skin dries out incredibly bad, causing them to itch, which if you have dry skin you know that scratching only makes it worse. Well with the warmer weather and more visits to the in-laws my girls have been given ice cream. (Thanks grandma! - NOT!) and we've had to up our skin care routine for them. We've been using SKLEER at night before bed to help clear up the dry patches. It's worked great! 

I've been trying it out on my face to help with some break-outs- and it's been wonderful! I put it on before my make-up or after washing my face for bed. It's really helped to clean up my face! I've given a couple of the samples out to my brother (acne problems) my mom (dry hands), and my sister (sensitive skin), and they've all had great things to say about it! I did get this product in exchange for a review but my opinion is my honest opinion. I've loved this product and recommend it to those that are looking for help with their skin conditions. 

Here's a fun giveaway for some SKLEER Skin Conditioning Gel! 




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Saturday, April 25, 2015

April- Guy Behind The Blog.

Time for my sweetheart to answer some more questions! Yes I failed and totally missed the link-up but hey, here's the post! 

1 // Has Starbucks ever spelled your name wrong on a cup? If yes, what's the craziest way that someone has spelled it?
This man does not like Starbucks. He's crazy. His name isn't spelled wrong too often at all. I wish I had the same deal. 

2 // Who would play your wife/fiance/girlfriend in a movie or TV show about your lives?

He won't answer. He doesn't know and doesn't care. (Wonderful.)


3 // What is your proudest accomplishment?
Kids. 

4 // What is your favorite holiday and why?
Thanksgiving- food!

5 // What is your favorite breed of dog?  If you don't have a favorite breed, describe the characteristics of your ideal dog (or cat)!
Boxer. 





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Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Check-In.

Today is such a beautiful day. I wish there was a time this evening to go out and enjoy it but today is also a busy one. It seems like lately our days have been busier and busier. It's bittersweet. With all that is going on I feel like I need to do a little check in. 

Today was Day 14 of 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene. I am finally feeling like I'm seeing some progress with my strength and my ability to push through the poses taking them further than I typically done. I think the fact that there isn't cardio and the videos are different every day makes it much easier for me to keep up with.

Today was also Day 1 of no soda/energy drinks. Which isn't going to be too big of a deal, I have cut soda down to maybe once a week and energy drinks have just been on the weekend, but I'm ready to be past it. Eventually I'll cut out caffeine completely. I have to.  

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. (NIAW). I joined a event on Facebook and posted a photo of my sweet babies to the group and realized moments later that my friends would be able to see. Instead of quickly deleting the post and pretending it never happened, I've spent the day letting people in. Letting my friends know what we've been through on our journey to growing our family. The support I've felt the last 4 hours has been amazing. (More on this in a later post.)

I'm working on several posts and hope to get more caught up with you soon! I feel like I spend more time commenting than I do writing actual posts of my own. What is going on in your week so far?

 Hope you have a wonderful week! 


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Five.

One. Lately I've been making sure my girls & I have time to just sit down and enjoy my time with my girls. Earlier this week we just sat down with Popsicles and watched 101 Dalmations. It was wonderful.  



Two.  My sweet 4 year old has been asking to help make dinner lately. She's made meatballs & tacos so far. It's so much fun having her in the kitchen & reminds me of all the time I spent (and still spend) in the kitchen with my mom. 


Three.  We got our family pictures taken last Saturday! I picked our final 15 and cannot wait to get them back all edited! 



Four. We spend lots of time on the floor playing with dolls. It's so much fun watching and listening to my girls play together. They are the best of friends. 


Five.  This was posted on Instagram this week and boy did it hit home that day. 


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