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hosting a kid-friendly holiday meal

  I love hosting. I’m not sure why since I do typically get stressed out at some point when something inevitably goes array leaving Mike or the nearest sane adult to pick up the pieces of my frazzled mental state and calm me down. Where was I going with this? Oh yeah… so with Halloween […]

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Pinata gender reveal

our piñata baby gender reveal

I’m so excited to be sharing the gender of baby number five with y’all today! Although we didn’t have an official party with friends we did invite some family over and we Skyped with as many family members as we could for anyone who couldn’t make it. We knew that we wanted to do something fun for […]

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Fall Family photos, peacock blue and mustard, river location

fall family photos, version 6.5

Last week we were able to go and get some quick family photos taken by a very talented friend of ours, Darcie. This was actually the first time we’ve had professional photos taken that weren’t at an indoor portrait studio and it was great.  This post is part of a collaboration with PinkBlush. All opinions […]

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a California mom's guide to Yosemite Valley

a California mom’s guide to 24 hours in Yosemite

  If you’ve been following me for awhile then it will come as no surprise to you that I love National Parks, and California sure has some beautiful ones. However, if you’re like me then you probably think of a National Park as a destination that’s more suited for a long weekend. For those of […]

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planning a vacation themed date night

planning a vacation-themed date night

  I recently participated in a date night box swap that my friend Kailei ( organized and it was so much fun! The premise of this swap was that you get paired up with someone you don’t know and over the course of several weeks you get to know them through email and social media. […]

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