Colorado Family Snowboarding Trip

❄️Back on our boards! When I wasn’t flat on my face or bum, my legs finally weren’t on fire going down the mountain this time because I braved the art of carving😂! And little did I realize how painful it would be to catch an edge and land right on my tailbone and head. Thank goodness for helmets! I couldn’t bend over properly for a couple weeks afterwards!🤣 I’m fine! I’ll always be fine😉 And to think we brought along 4 little offsprings to join in on the craziness! 🏂🏂🏂🏂 They absolutely killed it and never complained. So grateful for our 4 beautiful babies and their hearts of steel lol! You know we’ll be back to the mountains next year! Tap HERE to see last years Colorado Snowboarding Trip.

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7 Night Cruise with Twins!

3 years ago, Aaron and I took the twins on a fun weekend cruise. Just the 4 of us!

What a vacation?!! A few years ago, Royal Caribbean partnered with our family by bringing us out to explore their new ships! This was a dream since Aaron and I have loved cruising, starting with our honeymoon 13+ years ago, and it’s the easiest and (in my opinion) most affordable way to travel and see the world! We LOVE visiting different islands all while not having to cook meals or clean up. So last month, Royal announced their brand new ship was going to sail its maiden voyage March 4-11th to Haiti, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and CocoCay. The kids had spring break, Aaron was super busy with patients, so I swept away with just my 8 year olds Ethan + Charlotte to board the Wonder of The Seas!

I shared a zillion story videos on Instagram and a post HERE. And if you want to see the sweetest grow-up of the twins in this reel HERE. You can also check out our sailing 3 years ago with the twins HERE. We sailed on the Symphony Of The Seas HERE. And my big sister and I jumped on a cruise sailing on the Odyssey Of The Seas HERE.

It’s spring break so I took off with my twins for a week of uninterrupted vacationnnnnn! Best tradition ever with solo vacations with our kiddos😍 Caught a flight to Florida and boarded a brand new ship and i kinda wanna cry with how sweet it’s been to *just* be with them. We started taking our kids on individual trips 3 years ago. They loved it and so did it we. Royal Caribbean called me with a beautiful new sailing and I took my 8 year old twins! Aaron is always booked out with patients a few months in advance and so I took our twins for their 2022 trip by myself and I’m literally crying rn😭🤣 because it’s been the sweetest trip. If you have kiddos you know what it’s like to be busy in sports and activities… We all love our kids but sometimes we don’t feel as connected as we’d hope 100% of the time. And I’m ridiculously protective of the time I’m away from my kiddos… So the tradition of being with even HALF my kids for a beautiful vacation created the most memorable memories I could ask for. I see them perfectly and more importantly, I see them feel perfectly loved by me bc I’m not distracted🤪 Even when i’m not my best. It’s true what they say.. about wisdom not being wasted on our youth. They’re so much more forgiving and full of joy and empathy than us in our “wise years”. Cheers to 100 more years of solo trips with my babies. When will I ever stop calling them my babies?!😭😭😭 (oh my gosh I’m literally crying in the middle of our cruise ship during a musical show while they’re sleeping in my lap😅) I’m ridiculous, along with my tan lines 5 days in🙆🏼‍♀️😂

Covid restrictions? Yep! Adults and children over the age of 12 need to be vaccinated to sail. I also needed to take a Covid test 2 days before our cruise and provide the negative test result the day we boarded. Since Ethan & Charlotte are not covid vaccinated, they were required to take a total of 3 Covid tests. The first test was with me (2 days before setting sail). The 2nd test was at the ship pier on the first day of the cruise. The 3rd and final test was on the last day of the cruise. Every test was a simple and gentle nose swab. The twins never flinched or fussed which made it feel like not a big deal! We never wore face masks except a short period while stepping on the pier in Puerto Rico and Florida. Also an FYI, since the twins are not vaccinated I was required to book a shore excursion at every non-private island through Royal Caribbean in order to be allowed off the ship. I booked a family pirate treasure hunt excursion in Puerto Rico and the kids wanted to stay on the ship to ride slides on the Bahamas port day. Sometimes it’s super fun to stay on the ship during a port day because there are less people on deck and all the food & drinks are free 😉 We were able to attend all the fun evening shows and try out a ton of restaurants.

COOL non-water slide that drops 10 flights down! We LOVE it!
Yummy outdoor Mexican restaurant on the cruise next to the pools! Favorite snack!
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Snake themed Birthday Party!

🐍Happy 10th Bday to our snake-lovin’ Savannah Jane. She asked for a snake party and this mama understood the assignment😂 The girls and I had fun in the kitchen all morning making a bunch of slitherin’ goodies, blowing up balloons, and inviting her favorite friends over to the house. Savannah spent the evening gobbling down her beloved homemade chili & cornbread dinner, painting wooden snakes with her girlfriends, laser tag in-the-dark in the backyard, hot tubbing while watching Matilda🎥, and blowing out double-digit candles on her homemade birthday cake!🎂 The kind of gal that wanted this party is exactly what makes her so lovable! I admire her confidence, kindness, uniqueness, and fearlessness. Happiest birthday, Savannah Jane🖤

Savannah asked me to make her a snake cake and I envisioned green colored fondant wrapped around Bundt cakes sliced in half to create that long creepy tail. It would’ve been a disaster on my end since I waited until 3 days before her party to plan the entire thing! In true fashion, I work well in chaos haha. I ordered on Amazon the balloons, green vines, 4 snakes to rest on top of her cake, wooden snakes and paint palates, snake bracelets and headbands for the girls, and Savannah’s rainbow snake top + black soft skirt. The snake-print top is actually a women’s size XS and it has a relaxed fit on her.. she’s OBSESSED with it!!

As for the food, I jumped on my computer and scrolled through Pinterest to find creepy crawler snack inspo! Boy did it come through!! I wrote a grocery list and ran to the grocery store! To nail down her cake, we skimmed through “snake cakes” and she showed me a few cakes and her favorite part of each design. They all looked super weird but I was past the shock factor at this point. Do snakes gross me out? Absolutely. Do I support her commitment? You bet lol. I picked up a large and small chocolate layer cake from our local grocery store. If you followed my Instagram stories, you probably caught my major doubts after an hour of decorating. It didn’t look promising😂. But the more I covered it with random crap, the better it looked. Wise words 😉

We did Snake Eyes Jello (grapes in green jello), Baby Snakes in Dirt (chocolate/vanilla pudding with crushed Oreos and gummy worms), Fruit Snakes (grapes + strawberries w/edible eyes), Snake Tails (fruit-by-the-foot), Popcorn & Worms, and these Gorgeous Snake Cookies! I overnighted a snake cookie cutter from Etsy and asked a talented decorator here in Frisco to make these stunning cookies!! I was so grateful for Beth since I KNOW it’s a busy season and she made these last-minute for us! Savannah also wanted a yummy blue drink, so I just grabbed a gallon from the store and used leftover cocktail cups from last New Year’s Eve. We turned down the lights, tossed confetti and twinkle lights everywhere, and were ready to party! She had the time of her life and I bet she’ll always look back on this birthday with the quirkiest and most fun memories!

Grateful & thankful doesn’t even begin to cover it! ♥️ 🖤 2021 gave us another year together and that’s all this mama needs.☺️😭

Thanks CLJphotography for capturing beautiful family photos

Mexican Chili + Naughty Cornbread Recipe

We had this chili & cornbread 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

  • 1 can ranch style beans
  • 2 cans fat-free refried beans
  • 1 can black beans (drain & rinse)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 can rotel original
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning dry mix
  • 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix (3 T)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Brown meat with chopped onion. Put in large Crock-Pot with all remaining ingredients (Don’t drain the cans before!). Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6. THAT’S IT!!

Naughty Cornbread

  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 box jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Mix ingredients well, pour in greased 9×13 dish. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. (I usually end up covering mine with foil half way through because it’s browning on the top faster than the inside is cooking. So I’ll just check after 30 minutes by sticking a knife in to see how gooey the inside is. Once the top is browned and it’s not gooey anymore inside, it’s ready!)

13 Halloweens: Family Costumes!

2020- Alice In Wonderland!

2019- Ghostbusters!

2018- The Incredibles

2017- Oompa Loompas

Happy Halloween! Okay, this year has flown by and we literally found our family costumes last week! I rounded up Halloween pics from the last 13 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 movie and all of the kids picked characters from the movie! Can’t wait to share our 14th Halloween tomorrow!

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All the makeup!!! If you’ve missed my makeup tutorials on my Instagram stories, I’ve linked each of the products I’ve shown right here on this page! Be sure to check out THIS BLOG POST where I’ve included the order I apply the makeup and the shades of each product!

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Baylor Alumni Family Trip!

Woo Hoo! We jumped in the car early Friday morning to make it to our FAVORITE Texas family waterpark at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort! You can catch our previous family vacations HERE, HERE, and HERE! It has a zillion slides, a sandy beach, a huge baby/toddler swim area, delicious restaurants, cabanas, and beautiful rooms. It’s truly our favorite family spot right here in Texas!

One of our coolest memories was the moment we received the news that Aaron made it in to Baylor’s orthodontic residency program! The odds were SO slim (as in 6 spots and 320 applicants) and we were prepared to move out of state to continue his education. We had saved up for a down payment on our first home and had grown to love our community for those 4 years of dental school. The idea of selling our home and moving with our 3 young kiddos didn’t sound amazing… So match day was one of the best days of our lives! You literally get an email that tells you which school you “matched” with and where we’d be spending the next 3 years of our lives! Aaron was beyond thrilled to be accepted into his top choice and one of the very top orthodontic programs in the country, and we were both thrilled to be staying in Dallas!

Over the next 3 years Aaron grew incredibly close with his co-residents and amazing faculty/alumni that taught and mentored at the school. Every year the alumni from Baylor Ortho get together for a weekend of morning lectures for the doc’s and amazing dinners and relaxing by the pool for the families. Something we’re still laughing about was during the final evening with yummy dinner, kids awards, and DJ/dancing. All the kids got an award and got to go up to collect their medal. (like Ethan: “bravest big slider rider”. Avery: “best singer”). Well, when all the kids awards were handed out, a few medals were left so a girl gave one to her mom. Savannah quickly went up and very proudly and loudly announced in the microphone that she awarded Aaron “The Best Orthodontist” award in a room full of incredible orthodontists. The room erupted laughing, then some random booing. Aaron soaked it up and did some very obnoxious bows and fist pumps. The kids made fast friends over the weekend and all of us can’t wait for next year! I shared an IG post HERE

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13th Wedding Anniversary Vacation!

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Sunrise

13 years with him!! 💍🥰 Celebrated our wedding anniversary on a beach for the week. We usually fill our trips with adventure but wanted this one to slow down and give us the time we’ve come to appreciate so much to cuddle & talk to understand each other deeply. Our marriage has had the highest of highs and lowest of lows. And when you’re in the thick of the “lows”, it’s easy to forget that it can be totally normal and temporary. For us the lows have become rare and much shorter-lived over the years. On Instagram, you see the sweet moments captured. I LOVE those just as much as I appreciate the countless hours we’ve spent having the tough conversations and learning what’s in our hearts. That time, with all of the playful moments on dates, at home after the kids go to bed, and on these special trips makes him my absolute favorite person. Forever & always💞 

Click HERE to catch all the videos from our Cancun vacation!

Click HERE to see some favorite snapshots on my Instagram post

Click HERE to see Aaron’s Instagram post 🙂

Poolside Tacos & Guac

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| similar dress | necklace | bracelet | tanning mousse |

We booked 6 nights at Le Blanc Resort in Cancun. The resort and beach views were stunning! Every floor has a personal butler, it felt so posh haha. I could message him from my phone asking for pillows, aromatherapy diffuser, drinks, food, etc. I left my dresses on the bed and he steamed them while we were at the beach one day! I even sent a request for him to draw a bubble bath and set the room up with bath salts and aromatherapy oil. We’ve never experienced such quality service! Truly, creme de la creme.

The food was delish! When we arrived, we set dinner reservations at all of the restaurants for the first few nights. Once we discovered our favorite spots, our butler set reservations for the rest of the vacation. Most of the nights we ate dinner while listening to live romantic music (saxophone player, guitarist & singer, etc..). I highly recommend asking which restaurants will have live music and make sure you book your dinner reservation there! There was a buffet that you could serve yourself and Aaron loved getting the tacos made-to-order! My favorite thing was ordering food and drinks from the beach and pool chairs. I could eat the chips & guacamole + pico + extra lime for every meal every day haha. We tried room service for breakfast and dinner. The Japanese restaurant had an amazing appetizer. The Italian restaurant had phenomenal main courses. The rooftop Terrazzo restaurant had our favorite brunch and dinner dishes! The Mexican restaurant had yummy tacos. And we stopped by the dessert shop every night for an evening treat of macaroons and homemade crepes stuff with nutella + cream cheese + strawberry! Every time we walked outside towards the pool, staff members would quickly come to help us find lounge chairs and an umbrella. They would set up towels on the lounge chairs and brings us an ice bucket filled with bottled waters. Then they would ask if we wanted any fun drinks or food. It was heavenly to say the least. This vacation felt very relaxing and calming. If you’re looking for a beautiful, relaxing, adults-only, all-inclusive resort with impeccable service, this is your spot!

Bubble Bath & Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Shop my kitchen & pantry

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All my favorite skin care products

| Cleanser | Moisturizer | Eye Glow Stick | SPF40 | Brightening Primer | eye serum |

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Step 1:  First I cleanse my face with the Tula cleanser. I LOVE this cleanser because it’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin. It’s definitely not drying. To remove makeup, I first apply THIS CLEANSING OIL. I’ve used this cleanser combo for a few years now. A few months ago I started using this Cleanser + Vit C duo and my skin has loved it too! It’s on the pricier side but if you’re looking for another option, I’d check out this brand!

Step 2: Toning.  I used to skip this step but I added toner  into my routine and love it.  I smooth it all over my face before I apply my serums! 

Step 3. Apply Serum!  This is one of my favorite parts of my routine!  Eye Serum has hyaluronic acid in it which helps with hydration and anti-aging. I use the Vitamin C serum during the day. I use the Hyaluronic Acid serum at night. I also occasionally mix this Brightening RoseHip Oil with a moisturizer at night and my face is always extra glowy in the morning!

Step 4: Moisturize!  This is probably the most important step, aside from washing my face every night. It’s all about hydration!  I’ve been using the Tula overnight repair treatment for almost 2 years and I swear by it!  It keeps my face hydrated all night.  I apply it after my serum at night after I wash my face. 

Step 5: Under-eye care!  This is so so important.  The skin around our eyes can wrinkle the fastest because it’s incredibly thin, so making sure you’re using a good under-eye cream or serum is key!  I LOVE this dime Luminosity and Eye boost serum. I use it every morning and night.

The most common question I get is, “I’ve never invested money or time into skincare, where do I even start?!” I would start with a good moisturizer and sunscreen. Then begin adding antioxidants with the serums! A vitamin C serum during the day to brighten and protect your skin and a hyaluronic acid serum at night to plump and hydrate. Next, invest in a retinol to apply at night. If you’re having specific skin struggles, go see a dermatologist! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below! xo

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7 Years Cancer Free

Celebrating the strongest girl who fought the hardest fight. You’re the sassiest, baddest, and most beautiful babe we know. There’s no one like you. I shared a short video on Instagram HERE. I also saved fun videos from the weekend HERE IN MY STORIES. Check it out!

“Don’t hide your scars. Wear them as proof that God heals.”

This week was the anniversary from when Mel was first told she had triple negative breast cancer. We were all sitting around at a play date with our 2 year old firstborns. WE WERE SHOOK. She went through so much over the years and this week we spontaneously kidnapped her in celebrating of her 7th survivor-versary. We wanted to treat her to a weekend to honor the queen she is. We love you Mel!!!

Celebrating Rowen’s 1st birthday!! Mel and I met when our firstborns were 10 months old! I showed up to a playdate that a girl had setup at a baby gym. I didn’t know anyone, haha! I saw this cute girl Mel chatting about her son’s first birthday plans. I told her that I was planning a Winter ONEderland since Savannah’s birthday was a few days after Christmas. Wellllll whadya know, Rowen’s 1st birthday party was going to be a Winer ONEderland too! I knew I would love her from that moment on haha. We met up with a group of 10 of us girls for a playdate a few times a week. Our mama’s group planned annual trips starting in 2013 up until last year! We met on an online website called Baby Buddies (I don’t know if it still exists?). It was like a tinder but for new moms, haha. Girls would arrange played and I’d rsvp and show up with Savannah ready to play while not knowing a single soul there. Some of us connected more easily. We went through EVERYTHING together. All of these friendships were so important to me for that new mama season I was in the thick of experiencing. Some have moved. Some maintained busier jobs. Some formed other friendships. Over the last 9+ years of knowing them, I’m forever grateful for how much my heart needed them during those emotionally and physically exhausting years. They helped me truly understand how I never needed to feel guilty for not being the perfect mom. Our playdates, girl night outs, one-on-one sessions were allowing safe spaces to express heartaches, successes, and failures. Shoulders to cry on during divorces, miscarriages, moves, job losses, etc.. I whole-heartedly believe people find their way into our souls to help us through those seasons. And I’m forever thankful each of them allowed me to play a role in their lives.

My best advice for new moms… If you see a mom that you wanna get to know, PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE. Get her phone number. Arrange the playdate. Plan the dinner. Just got for it! Don’t worry about the “what ifs”. We only have one life to live and mamas need a support group.

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Cute Outfit Ideas!

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Hot Tubbin’

Let’s jump right in to share allllllll the details about the Master Spas Clarity Hot Tub we purchased in January! We moved into our home 3.5 years ago and the best selling point for me was the beautiful pool! We have loved every bit of it and decided last year it would be worth the investment to turn our backyard into a more livable/entertaining space. During the spring when it was still super cold, we spent nearly every night in the hot tub as a family. And when the pool was almost, but not quite warm enough, the kids would go between the hot tub and pool and play for hours! Aaron loves the therapeutic back relief from the massaging jets and heat. He’ll often jump in at night for 20 minutes if his back is feeling extra tight.

When we started looking at hot tubs early last year, they all had a 6+ month waiting list. Ugh. We also were saving up for the backyard renovation (extending the patio and fire pit space), so I put the hot tub on the back-burner considering the waiting list. Well, for Christmas, Aaron scheduled a surprise visit to a local hot-tub dealer for us to take the plunge. He had been secretly researching all the different brands and he knew how much I wanted this! We looked at all the hot tubs and learned about the different colors for the inside and outer shell, sizing, jets, etc. We loved darker grey color for the exterior and a white on the inside. If you get a dark color on the inside, you won’t be able to see the glowing lights as well. A white interior was a no-brainer! We chose the Clarity Balance 8 to comfortably fit our family and for its 48 massaging jets. As far as the timeline, once we put in the order it would take 6 months for it to be delivered to our home. BUT, Master Spas looked at their inventory and saw they had 1 grey hot tub with a white interior shell that was in stock. It could be delivered to our home in 2 weeks. DONE. YES.

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Tulum

Well heyyyyyyyy there! Aaron and I share a birthday week in April and so we skipped town to jet off to Mexico to celebrate together! It was our first visit to Cancun and it was the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation! We were on the flight out to Mexico when I started thinking about how fun and sweet it would be to get some photos on the beach with just the 2 of us. I booked a photographer for our last day of the vacation while I was on the plane to Mexico, haha! I’m a last-minute, spontaneous creature.

And after 5 days of soaking up all the yummy buffets and restaurants, we slipped into our snug-fitting bathing suits and hit the Tulum beach at sunrise. Watching the sun come up is not something on my vacationing bucket-list (because #sleep, ha!) but seeing the colors explode over the ocean was quite possibly the prettiest scene we saw that week.

I posted the photos to my instagram page here. Our photographer was the beautiful Silvia.

We spent the next hour doing our best to not let our awkwardness show through the lens. Which meant there were tons of explicit conversations whispered between the two of us. The BEST part was when our photog asked me to hop onto Aaron’s shoulders. Well, sure! Our skin was slippery with lotion and sea water as he bent down for me to straddle the back of his head to get the fun shot. I successfully straddled his head while he started to lift up from his squatting position to a standing position. The higher he went the faster I slipped right off and plunged face first into the ocean. Scroll down to see the pic of our resurrected photo with us still laughing while my eyes were burning from the salt water. haha, good times. I adore these captured snapshots that are filled with silly memories. With our lives here on earth being so fleeting and temporary, time was the most precious gift we could’ve given to each other.

Aaron, you bring out the best in me. I don’t mean the most appropriate manners or whatever else the world expects of us. I mean you make me want to take risks, run wild, drive fast, act inappropriately, and pursue my dreams with a healthy passion. Around you, I start living. I couldn’t tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. I described to my roommate that butterflies were exploding out of my tummy moments before you walked through my door to pick me up for that first and last blind date. But I remember the first moment I looked at you looking at me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. And that I couldn’t bare to lose you. My next breath came without hesitation.. “I love you!” I want you. I want your sleepy confused look when you wake in the morning. I want to be the hand you can’t help but touch when I’m within an arm’s reach. I want to explore the deepest corners of your mind. I want to be stubborn and quick-witted with you. I want to have differences between us and all the hard discussions. I want for you to trust me and for me to trust you. I want your flaws. All of them. I want to love you too much and too hard. Love is the only thing that outlives anything else I could give. I’ll love you forever.

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