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Summer Pool Floats!

🌬Shimmering sunset courtesy of Saharan dust!🌅 AND we just realized Aaron put a ring on it 12 years ago 💍 He popped the question right before fireworks shot into the sky above us over the lake 🧨 To this day, it’s still 1 of the only times he’s ever (truly😉) surprised me!

TELL ME! Was your proposal a surprise or did you have a gut feeling it was happening right then?? And if you’re not there yet, which would you rather if you could pick?!

July 4th

I’ve never seen so many slides and jet ski wipe-outs in my life! 😂 If you saw my Instagram stories, you know what I’m talking about haha. I love these darling babes and I’m grateful we’re free to be as silly as all get out. Happy 4th of July, y’all! 🇺🇸

Our swimsuits sold out 2 years ago, I linked a few new suits below!

Check out my Instagram Post HERE with videos of the slides and wipe-out!

Swimming

Came home to find Avery in the pool without her life-vest.

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Date Night

YOU.

Reminding me what butterflies feel like since our 1st blind date 11+ years ago ❤️

With 4 lil’ kiddos, 2 businesses, and a gazillion commitments, I always try to snag a babysitter every week for us to go out for a date night! BUT then the covid pandemic hit. With his office shut down for 5 weeks and us being home together, all while trying to teach the older 3 their new homeschool routine, we felt overwhelmed. Aaron and I were living an entirely new life together and to be completely honest, it was awful for the 1st few weeks.

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Happy Father’s Day!

To the love of my life & man of our hearts 💕 Aaron’s our safe place, our protector, and king of stealing all the belly giggles. Happy Father’s Day to you and to my sweet dad.

Here are a few of my favorite snaps of you and 1 of my dad and I. xo

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

We’ve been making this banana bread for over 10 years! Before we had kids, I would bake and sell this at a local pharmacy every week. Aaron and I were saving our pennies to afford a nice down payment on a home before he was accepted in to dental school. This is our FAVORITE banana bread since you can’t even taste the banana in it (wink wink).

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

  • 1 c. butter
  • 2 c. white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1.5 c. chocolate chips
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Healthy Hair!

Last year, I shared My 5 Best Tips for Post Partum Hair Routine. I talked about how often I wash my hair and how I keep it as vibrant and healthy as possible. I also chat through haircuts and how to style a thinning hair line. I’ve never had hair extensions but my hair has definitely become more thin over recent years and I’ve learned a few tricks along the way!

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My Green Mattress Giveaway!

Out with the crib and in with the Big Girl Bed!! Our brand new 3 year old slept her last night in the crib and she loves her new bed. I felt hesitant to switch her not knowing if she’d miss her crib. So when I asked her which bed she wanted to sleep on, she pointed to her new twin trundle bed! We had the sweetest night snuggling together on her bed. That’s always my favorite thing after they’re out of the crib.. Snuggling together at night! Her bed and organic mattress is SO comfortable! (I’ll share another blog post soon after we swap out her changing table for a dresser, etc..)

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Favorite Brunch: French Toast Recipe!

This is our favorite brunch to make for holidays! This photo from above was 10 years ago for our Christmas breakfast! Aaron took me on our 2nd date ever to Kneader’s Bakery in Utah. They had unlimited french toast that was to-die-for. Melt in your mouth buttermilk french toast & syrup. We loved it so much, but couldn’t afford to eat out at the restaurant as much as we wanted considering we were 2 broke college kids. We tried recipe after recipe to find the perfect match. I wrote the final recipes down on a paper and it’s been heavily stained with butter and grease! We made this for our family’s Easter brunch this year and had too many requests to share it here on my site. Hope you love it as much as we do!

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Mexican Chili + Naughty Cornbread Recipe

We had this on Sunday for our family dinner and SO many of y’all sent DM’s asking for the recipe. This is SO easy to make and the clean-up is even easier! It is low-fat, high in fiber, and VERY yummy! I love adding sour cream, cheese, avocados, and tortilla chips. You can also add tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, olives, or anything else you’d like!

EASY Mexican Chili

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Avery Rose Turns 3!

T H R E E. Avery Rose turned 3 today and I share a few favorite pictures and videos of her life HERE on this Instagram post. Spoiler alert, there are lots of double chins featured there, haha.

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Avery’s 3rd Birthday Party

Two weeks earlier, we celebrated our baby girl’s 3rd birthday. We had NO idea the world would be on lock-down on her actual birthday. Luckily, our March schedule pushed us to host a party for her friends and family before the craziness started. Our little caboose had so much fun turning 3!

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First Disney Cruise!

⚓️ Ahoy! 1st family cruise ever and it was magical!!! The moment after we boarded the beautiful Disney cruise, a giant lollipop nearly went overboard and I’m proud to say that’s the worst of the damage! haha We’ve taken a cruise with the twins before and another cruise with just our oldest. This was my 10th cruise but a 1st with Disney & our complete family!!!❤️ The kids were either hitting the slides on repeat or in the kid’s club. I’m pretty sure they loved the kid’s club more than being with us. Actually, yes. I’m 💯 sure about it. Ethan was waiting for his turn to play Mario cart and legit cried when Aaron picked him up for dinner. It’s fine.🤣 We brought them on the Disney “Dream” boat to create memories and that’s exactly what happened! Tap ON THIS INSTAGRAM POST to see a few of our videos from the beach.

Disney World vs. Disney Cruise?

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First Disney World Trip!

Our first family Disney trip EVER!!!! We surprised the kids on Christmas morning with a Scavenger Hunt for an incredible surprise!

Watch us surprise the kids with A Disney Trip HERE!!!

Vacation Begins!

MOUSE SHIRTS | GIRL SANDALS | MY SANDALS | BLACK SHORTS | LUGGAGE | MY MICKEY EARS | AFFORDABLE LUGGAGE | MICKEY EARS PINK BACKPACK | MOUSE SHIRTS

We hopped on a night flight and nearly missed it because this 2 year old refused to let security check her mini backpack. I have to give her credit for the most epic airport situation we’ve had. We all fell asleep at midnight, slept in til 7am to make it over to the new Riviera Resort (absolutely stunning and super family friendly!) and Magic Kingdom! Y’all, we watched each kid have their magical moment. Throughout the evening, Aaron and I had a sweet time chatting about their magical highlight reels. It was precious & tender & 100% lived up to the hype! I even had my ‘moment‘ that made me teary-eyed when a war veteran paid for our family’s lunch. It doesn’t seem to matter how old we are, we’re all creating magical experiences for one another as we reach out to sprinkle kindness. See our airport pic HERE. 99% of these photos were shot from my old iphone since we didn’t want to lug around a heavy camera around the park with our 4 kiddos.

Disney Creator’s Celebration!

Last year, I opened up the COOLEST surprise email!

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Recipe!

Phew! Valentine’s Day came and went as fast as ever! We had a sweet week filled with baking, construction paper heart crafts, toddler playdates, school classmate’s Valentines creations, and topped with a date night for each babe. Aaron took each of the girls out for a one-on-one date, complete with a front door pick-up. When they knew it was their turn, they were SO giddy the morning of, even before I sent them off to school. We’re all pretty excited about this precious tradition, since they’ll never be too old to be cherished by their sweet daddy and treated to these special daddy-daughter dates. And, of course, my little man Ethan treated me to a Valentine’s Date. He picked me up (I mean, he likes a gal that can drive) and we whisked off to dinner. He suckered me into buying him a toy, and out of all the toys on the Walmart aisles he picked a $3.98 light saber (glows up). He’s my favorite cheap date. Scroll down to see our selfie pics from these date nights at the end of this post!

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