Creating a Cozy Home for Family & Friends

Thank you to Tide for partnering with me!

A few weeks ago, this almost-winter season knocked on our door. Quite literally! The temperatures outside dropped from 80 degrees to 40 degrees in 1 day. It was nuts and we weren’t prepared to crash into the colder season. After the season skipped from summer to wintery-fall, it started to rain. A LOT. It rained relentlessly for what felt like 3 weeks. We got more rain than Seattle! I don’t know how your friends handle life when it’s so wet outside. 

My oldest went to her 1st grade class with an extra snug winter coat and high-water jeans.  haha. I’m so glad she’s too confident to feel embarrassed by her clothes. Now that the kids are outfitted with their winter clothes, they’re riding their bikes and scooters, playing at the park & school playground, we’re pushing strollers and wagons. It’s been a fun, few chilly and rainy weeks. View Post

My Favorite Fast Snacks + Giveaway!

Happy Saturday, my loves! How’s your weekend going?! I hope it’s a good one for you, with plenty of connections with all the good people in your life. Maybe a lil’ shopping (wink wink). It’s a strong drizzle here in Texas that should let up by the afternoon. I’m about to pop out for lunch with a dear friend of mine and then come home to swim with this cute family of mine. We try SO much to embrace relaxing weekends. It’s been such a joy to have spent the last 2 months traveling our hearts out and now it’s a season of slowing down to focus on what really matters in our home–Family.

(I’ve got an AMAZING giveaway for 10 winners! Scroll down to see!) View Post

5 Tricks to Help Your Kids Help YOU + The Best Baby Gift Idea Ever!

Hey friends! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! View Post

Sunscreen 101 + My Family’s Favorite!

Avery blowing kisses at the handsome photographer 😉

TGIF!!! Happy Friday, y’all! Are you ready for summer?? The heat waves are freely flowing here in Texas. Summer is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier. From the moment my kids wake up they are in their swimmers ready to hit the pool. We have been LIVING in the pool! I would love to find some great pool toys that won’t pop and will last at least a few years.

Blue Lizard Sunscreen has been a must-have! It’s mineral-based, not chemical which means it’s more safe, clean, and provides better protection. The bottle goes from white to red when it’s in harmful UV light, super cool to watch! It’s not thick and greasy gross while also have zero smell. It’s formulated with the highest grade

The fabulous thing about this sunscreen is that it receives a top rank in the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This huge screening process rates sunscreen safety, definitely worth looking up your current sun products to check how they legitimately hold up in the ranks! Snag it on Amazon HERE.

Here’s my favorite SUNSCREEN 101 Facts:

  1. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime risk for melanoma by 80 percent.
  2. A baby’s skin is especially delicate and burns more easily. Their sensitive skin contains less melanin, the pigment that gives our hair and eyes their color and offers some sun protection.
  3. Anything over SPF 30 is no longer recommended by dermatologists as the extra protection is negligible and the additional chemicals may cause skin reactions in some kids.
  4. Older children should learn to apply sunscreen themselves, and make it a routine habit.
  5. Even sunscreens that are water-resistant still need to be reapplied at least every two hours.

If you’re lucky enough to have a sunny next couple of days, remember to slather your skin with protection and have a wonderful, warm weekend!

What’s the best place to shop for pool toys that will last?! Leave your favorite pool floats or toys in the comments below.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Blue Lizard Sunscreen. The opinions and text are all mine.

3 Super Simple Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Clean

It’s been 90 degrees, y’all. DREAMY!!!! We’ve been thrilled with these warmer days because we’ve been able to enjoy swimming.The spring weather has become more and more beautiful now that we’re seeing less rainy days. My kids are f.i.s.h.i.e.s. and could spend their entire days swimming and snacking on fruit.

I get asked a lot by fellow mamas how my house seems to always stay tidy. My secret?… It doesn’t!! When I shoot photos in my home to post on Instagram I love the artistic challenge of styling that space. As part of that I make sure the area where I’m styling my shot is beautiful and clean. I clear the clutter, I arrange the furniture an fluff the pillows. You guys, this is SO fun for my creative brain! It’s similar to those who love to decorate a beautiful cake or design a detailed scrapbook page. PLEASE don’t mistake my love for styling shoots to equate a perfect home. None of us on instagram have perfect homes, kids, or lives. We know this, right? It may be easy to forget when you’re neck-deep in laundry and dirty dishes. My house certainly isn’t picture-perfect sparkly all, or even most of the time! But I will say this…I do LOVE to keep my kitchen clean. Luckily, my hubby feels the same way. Especially the counters, if they’re cleared off and wiped down then I’m okay with the rest of my home being messy with toys and princess outfits tossed all over the floors. View Post