Couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate our birthdays!!! I turned 33 and he turned 35. Cancun was only a short 2+ hour flight from our home in Dallas, TX. We had never been to an all-inclusive resort with just the two of us and the idea of eating what we wanted whenever we wanted sounded like perfection! Our favorite kind of vacation is spent half with adventure and half being lazy as can be. I’d heard incredible things about HOTEL XCARET–everything from the food to the activities. It was all-inclusive, so we didn’t pay for anything other than our accommodations, tips, and souvenirs for the kids. I’ll share a short recap of our experience and what we would or wouldn’t do again when we return with the kids! Definitely equally fantastic as an adults-only or family vacation.
Sharing all of my favorite tried & true cleaning products! Everything from our vacuums to my steam mop that I use on my hardwood floors… I linked it all!
It’s the time of year when we spring clean! We sift through each closet and hiding spot. Decluttering and de-junking and deep-cleaning. I used to have a higher tolerance for disorder: piled up dirty laundry, dishes filling the sink, stuff literally everywhere.
Easter with these cute peeps 🐣 Notice anything different about the ears? Ethan slipped on the wolf ears so he could chase & eat the bunnies (aka his sisters)😂 Happy Easter!!! Spent the day the best way we know how with lots of homemade food & treats + egg hunts + the sweetest, most comforting assurance that I wasn’t meant to walk my path alone. Teary-eyed today as we chatted our way through breakfast with the kids about the added peace and purpose we feel because He is risen.
“TODAY we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we have ever experienced, every sorrow we have ever known.” – Jeffrey Holland
4 kids that have never seen a snowboard AND aren’t comfortable with snow. Only 1 experienced snowboarder in this family and it ain’t me. Yet here we are!!! 4 full days of snowboarding for this family! And if you wanna see the cutest little video with clips of Aaron teaching Avery (3) to snowboard then tap HERE.
Snowboarding on the mountains was WILD with my minis! Learning a new sport together was the best thing that’s happened to us. I still can’t believe how incredible they all were! We stayed 5 nights in Breckenridge, Colorado and booked 4 full days of ski lifts. We spent about 6-7 hours each day on the mountain. We were the kids biggest hypes! Each morning we covered them in pep talks and fed them hearty breakfasts. Aaron wore a black backpack that we filled with a few water bottles, granola bars, and fruit snacks. I think the biggest help for having happy kiddos is keeping them warm while up on the mountain! Everyone needs a light thermal layer, heavier layer, and snow bib and jacket! We took 1 long lunch break and went back on our boards for the rest of the afternoon! I snapped a ton of videos while snowboarding and you can check out everyone here on my SNOW TRIP STORY HIGHLIGHTS. Can’t wait to take the kids snowboarding again next snowfall!
✨ Happiest Place on earth! (Photos all captured on my phone) We heard it wouldn’t feel magical at Disney and I have to say it 💯% felt dreamy to ride rollercoasters with Aaron late into the night, see Cinderella’s castle light up with fireworks, a zillion mini character parades, toasting our 1st frozen Butter Beer and hopping on Hagrid’s motorbike ride —my favorite ride in all the parks!🍻 (“It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live” -Dumbledore🧙♂️) You can view my Instagram share with videos on THIS POST and check out our family Disney World Trip HERE and our Disney World Cruise HERE!
We stayed at the Waldorf Orlando and it was lovely in every way. The room service was delicious and dinner at Bull & Bear was to die for. Highly recommend the caesar salad prepared table-side and the Fried Chicken. I booked a last minute deep tissue massage and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. The property was beautiful and service was impeccable. Will definitely stay here again!
We visited Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Universal Studios, and Magic Kingdom. The weather was nice and cool which made wearing masks 24/7 no problem at all! We rode almost all the rides and popped a lot of Tylenol because #gettingold 😂 There aren’t any fast passes available and so our friend snagged a tour guide at each park to skip the line. (But lines were usually 30-60 minutes, not bad!) Such a fun weekend celebrating our sweet friend’s birthday and we can’t wait to bring the kids back next year!🤞🏼
My mom always made this hot, crispy, melty, cheesy and tangy bread as the yummiest dinner side when I was little. She always paired it with spaghetti and a salad. My kiddos crave it as much as I do and we make this to compliment most soups, pasta dishes, or as a late night snack.
It’s been such a wild year! We’ve cancelled birthday celebrations, vacations, family & friend experiences, school, work, etc… Just so many special memories have shifted into newer ones. The idea of spending time with Santa in his workshop, sharing cookies, reading stories, painting, and receiving hand-delivered gifts from his toy bag for each of the kids sounded magical!
We made it to our visit with Santa at Chris Fritchie Studios. It was fun, easy, and the entire experience was photographed. Now, we have these nostalgic portraits for the kids to remember their sweet experience with the magic of Santa!
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Scroll all the way down to see the story unfold! xo
This fall season has officially arrived with beautiful cool weather and I’m so excited to share with y’all holiday gift ideas for the enthusiasts in your life! This time of year can become especially b-u-s-y and with having extra activities and parties. Walmart has always been our family’s primary gift destination since I can always maximize our budget and save time with shopping since we can find something for nearly everyone on our holiday lists (even those who are hard to shop for)! I love finding the best deals for you and Walmart keeps their prices low all season long.
As the years have gone by, we’ve become more intentional about protecting our family time surrounding the holidays. Writing lists has helped tremendously by being able to quickly tackle shopping and then focusing on what matters most this season. Shopping at Walmart stretches my time and effort since it’s a one-stop shop. Best of all, nearly every gift idea I’m sharing is under $100 (there are a handful of big ticket items). You’ll see gifts for the sports enthusiasts to outdoor family and adult games and more!
Happy Halloween!!! Scroll to see the madness. And Avery hollering “OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!” at the Chick Fil A drive-through was icing on the cake. Did you see my stories on Instagram? 😂 Aaron ducked his head out of our car and I heard 4 teen boys squeal from being scared at Aaron’s face. What a great holiday the kids had this year! We spent the day making fun Halloween Popcorn with our neighbors. In the evening, we had my parents, my sister’s family, my 2 younger brother’s and their loves, and Aaron’s sister and her family, along with some close friends over for a smoked brisket dinner served with all the fixins’. Then, all the cousins went Trick-Or-Treating together. It’s honestly my favorite cousin tradition and this year was a memorable one.
“Have I gone mad?”- Mad Hatter “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret… All the best people are.” -Alice
Happy Halloween Week! Okay, this year has flown by and we literally found our family costumes last week! I rounded up Halloween pics from the last 12 Halloweens together. SOOOO many fun memories making all of their costumes when they were little. Aaron and I still love to do a family costume but the kids can choose another costume if they’d like to go trick-or-treating in. We always go around the neighborhood with a bunch of cousins. This year, we were watching a Disney movie and all of the kids picked characters from the movie! Can’t wait to share our 13th Halloween on Saturday!
We baked up a holiday treat this past weekend that was delish! The kids watched Halloween Town and it apparently inspired them to slip into their dress-up costumes. Ethan was a vampire, Charlotte picked Cinderella, Savannah was a witch, and Avery was Tinkerbell. I wasn’t planning on snapping this pic and I didn’t organize the kids getting into their costumes. But after we finished and the kids were so proud of their homemade treats, I knew this was a mama moment that I didn’t want to forget. The magic of dress-up costumes and holidays. Thanks Aaron for capturing this family memory, xo.
This Halloween Popcorn uses our CINNABUN POPCORN RECIPE but without the cinnamon & pecans. The kids each picked out their favorite halloween candies to add-in. They chose gummy worms +edible eyes + candy corn. Aaron chose 3 different kinds of M&M’s while the Reeces Pieces were my vote! October is such a fun & festive month and this popcorn is a treat everyone will love!
Last year, Aaron’s family planned an Alaskan cruise to celebrate his dad’s birthday this past week. Since that trip was cancelled and Aaron still had closed his orthodontic office for the week, we spontaneously road-tripped to our Texas beach in Galveston. The kids had such a blast!
In our pre-kid life, we lived an hour away from Galveston beach for a year. We made lots of trips and explored the island for our favorite restaurants and spots. It was so fun to visit those places! I’ll share a string of memories from the trip along with a list of the places we hit.
fresh 10oz tub pico de gallo (tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, etc..)
salt & pepper
fresh lemon or lime juice
OPTIONAL HEALTHY TIP: You can toss in shelled edamame beans. Simply mash them or leave them whole. This is a great way to cut the fat if you sub out a few avocados and bumps up the protein content. We all know how easy it is to pound a large poolside guacamole bowl, you’d be surprised with what a great additional edamame beans are! I found this idea served with pita chips at a local restaurant True Food Kitchen. Delish!
Our wedding anniversary usually rolls around soon after the kids have gone back to school. And since the 1st week of school is usually a slow week at the office for Aaron, he closes down his practice! He had an entire week off work, so we decided to spend 2 nights in Dallas and 2 nights in San Antonio to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. You can pop over to see earlier anniversary post and Love Story over HERE and our 11th Anniversary staycation HERE! Also, you can view all my videos from the vacation saved to my “Anniversary” story highlights HERE ON THIS LINK.
I shared a POST ON INSTAGRAM with this caption: He’s spent the last 2 weeks taking care of me and now we get to CHILL for an early wedding anniversary getaway! Honestly, I was shocked with how sweet & tender he was with me when I was awfully grumpy and needed so much help. I didn’t deserve his perfect kindness but I’ve also never felt so perfectly cherished as I have these last few weeks. And I’ve laughed so much when he’s called me beautiful every day since my surgery (and if you saw my swollen face and nauseating bruises in my stories, you know what a JOKE it’d be—and I still can’t tell if he’s serious😂) Each year seems to be one of the most stressful and exciting times of our marriage and it’s been so rewarding to get closer together because of the struggles. Our 12 years haven’t been a fairy tale. We struggled in our relationship. We struggled through our broke college years. We struggled to get pregnant. We struggled to enjoy parenthood. And sometimes, we struggled to Just. Like. Each Other. But each day he kept choosing me and I kept choosing him. He was my best decision. He is the sweetest feeling I know. ❤️