4th of July Re-cap!

Today is Sunday, the day after the 4th and I have spent most of the day deep cleaning the kitchen, mopping the floors (they were so bad I needed to do it TWICE.) Our dishwasher was on the fritz, the small dog puked on my bed (luckily just on the comforter so it was easily washable.) OH and I had the kids try to help me clean, I had them working on the baseboards and dusting…and then bam both of them had red swollen eyes from cleaning? I don’t know if some of the Thieves cleaning spray got into their eyes or they literally were kicking up so much dirt and dust…it was NOT good.  Side note with allergies, Bradley has been really bad lately so my mom told me to start having him rinse off every night and I’ve been changing his sheets every few days.  I have him on Claritin but I really need to get him tested. We think it’s the dog. I just ordered an air purifier off Amazon to see if that helps as well.  I also run the “allergy trio” in a diffuser.

We have been cranking with real estate, and after a quick stint with Joe in the hospital, (another side note, if you think you’ve pulled a muscle in your back but can’t really breathe, it could be a collapsed lung! — more on that later.)

The point being, I have a million things I need to do but I really wanted to stop in and share “THE Fourth of July pic”


How crazy is this?? I had to start a new collage of photos.  Baby Brooke was in my belly in the very first photo and clearly the last one is “Quarantine 4th”– aka didn’t brush my hair, no makeup and gym shorts. It just was what it was!

Joe wants me to put a better one of Brooke in #2, so NOTE TO SELF NEXT YEAR–make a new collage. Goodness. So much I want to write and say!!

We just stayed home (duh) and had fun hanging in the front yard.  Kids sprayed the dog with a hose and each other.  We just relaxed a bit and tried not to talk about work haha.

Mr 4th of July

She cheered all day long “F-I-G-H-T” Fight Fight Fight probably 500x.

I made a delicious chia pudding parfait!

I mixed a can of full fat coconut milk

5 tablespoons chia

Mix and leave in refrigerator over night.

Then I spooned a little of that mixture and added, strawberries and blueberries, a little granola and some coconut flakes.



Dinner was a Bison burger! I’ve been hearing so many great things about Bison, it’s lean and grass fed, not too harsh to digest…and it was SO good.  Joe and kids loved it and it had a really night tender and mild flavor.  I splurged with a GF bun, bacon, ketchup, mustard, pickles.

For my ‘dessert’ I had a faux latté.  I made some Dandy blend, foamed up a little soy milk, some Coconut whipped cream and a little cinnamon.  It was so yummy!

In the evening my step dad came by and we put on a little fireworks show. Even the neighbors watched!  I’m not certain who had more fun, the kids or Joe. It was so fun! Thank you Mark!

It’s not a huge long blog, but it was a little something.  Here’s to a productive evening and an amazing week ahead!  We will be coming up on 10 years of wedded bliss this Friday 7/10/20.  Ahhh!

Holiday Cards 2019

It’s the first week of December and that means Christmas is just a few weeks away!  I am making so many efforts this season to slow down and savor.  I want to make sure that the holidays are magical and beautiful for my family, but also for myself as well.  We can easily get wrapped up in all of the holiday stress, but it’s so important to set aside time for time honored traditions and allow ourselves to experience the joy of the season.

I know the hustle and bustle will be there, but gosh, it all just goes by so fast! Christmas has always been my favorite holiday.  The warm ember from a burning fireplace, the smell of sugar cookies baking in a busy kitchen, twinkling lights on a pine tree, the silver and gold sparkling everywhere, the slow melody of peaceful Christmas songs, and sending Christmas cards are some of my most cherished memories.  I always loved seeing all of the beautiful cards lining the doorway of our home, from friends and family.

I am teaming up with Basic Invite today to bring you some gorgeous holiday card options!  I am personally loving both of the vintage holiday cards and the retro Christmas cards. We are all so very busy, so their site is extremely simple and easy to navigate.  I was able to pull it up on my mobile device and create a stunning Christmas Card in seconds right on my mobile device.


SO many colors!! Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. They have over 180 colors to choose from, which sets them apart from all of the other cart retailers online!  You can create your card and make it 100% your very own, by simple touches.


Not sure if you’ll love it?  The neat thing about Basic Invite is that you can simply order a sample card before you order all of your holiday cards.  This way, you won’t receive 30 cards that you don’t absolutely love, you’ll know for sure that it’s perfect for you!


Lots of colored envelopes! They offer over 40 different colors to choose from and all of them are peel and seal, which we all know is a major time saver for us busy ladies.


They even offer fancy Foil cards! These come in gold, silver, and rose gold. Gorgeous!




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Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51  so be sure to check them out and share a beautiful photo of your family, pets, little ones or just a stunning photograph from your 2019 year.

Let me know in the comments your favorite Christmas tradition!

Happy 4th of July!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day today!  I promise to throw on this old shirt and take another photo.  It’s crazy to think a random PINK purchase in 2012 for my prego belly would become such a tradition!  How fast my babies grow kills and thrills me!

We will be hanging with some good friends, enjoying some smoked eats and celebrating the land of the free…that is if I can peel my history loving hubby away from the TV!  He never watches it, but the History channel apparently has the best shows today.

Here’s 2012-2018

I’ll post our newest one tomorrow!

Cheers friends!