We just got back from our family beach vacation and this Texas heat is still in full swing! And I don’t care how much Halloween Walmart and Hobby Lobby are selling, I ain’t buying in to it right now, haha. But overall it’s been an incredibly mild summer here in the south so I’m not complaining. And when the kids will swim and splash for hours on end, It’ll be a sad day when the pool temperature feels too chilly to play.
For the last few months, I’ve received TONS of direct messages from my Instagram stories when we’ve hung out in the pool and y’all could see our white in-pool Ledge Lounger Chairs.
With 4 kids in tow, we’ve been through a lot of shoes. I used to teach group fitness classes and had to sift through pairs upon pairs of sneakers to find the best shoes to help me lift and jump the best without causing injuries. We’ve tried all the brands and I’ve heard the excitement (along with the complaints) from these kiddos about the shoes they wear too. I swear, kids are the best source for the most brutal and honest reviews!
Happy Sunday, lovelies! I’m sharing an often-requested post talking details for how the heck I get out the door each Sunday morning and why my kids love taking our Sunday photo. It’s so much more simple than you’d think.
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ONE month of summer left!! Can you believe it?! The weather has kept us feeling very toasty, and breakfast smoothies is such a favorite around here! Earlier this year, I had the most amazing smoothie when we visited the Bahamas. It was a layered tropical drink that was delish! The bottom smoothie mixture doesn’t have a sweetener, but once you swirl in that sweet mango yumminess, the balance of sweetness is absolute perfection. It’s a better-for-you way to start the day, or a quick & easy snack before jetting off to exercise!
Good morning! So I’m feeling super productive first thing this morning, while having all 4 kids with me… We just got home from picking up TONS of groceries, and breakfast donuts (I’ll admit that was a bribe to go to bed last night) all in one trip and while still in our pajamas.If your life is anything like mine, grocery shopping with a bunch of kiddos pulling anything and everything off the shelves is no easy feat. Not to mention, finding time to even go grocery shopping seems impossible some weeks! (Ok, most weeks these days…. between my business, Aaron’s orthodontic practice, keeping the kiddos happy and loved, investing in friendships, etc, etc, etc)
Who’s ready for school?! Ready or not, we have 3 Crossley kids heading to the same school in just a few short weeks! I am thrilled they will all be together! And little miss Avery will still stay home with her mama. We haven’t talked about school much since we are neck-deep in the summer. Quite literally, we’re drenched in sunscreen and swimming in the pool every day.
This has probably been the most exciting, stressful, fun, crazy few weeks we’ve had in a very long time. A few months before opening Aaron’s orthodontic office in Frisco, we had completely unexpected news come our way.
We’ve had such a fun day with family in town! Aaron’s older brother and his cute family of 6 get to stay with us for 2 weeks! We are so excited for a fun family reunion! We don’t have any guest bedrooms in our home, which means we get to play magical chairs with all the little people in the various rooms. The 2 adults will stay in the girl’s bedroom. Since their room has become a “guest room” of sorts, we decided to order 2 mattresses that both our kids and adults would enjoy. My kids have never been picky with mattresses. For heavens sake, I’ll occasionally find them sleeping upside down or on the floor, haha. But most of us slightly-pickier-adults have had the experience of staying somewhere with a mattress that’s no good….can make for a rough stay!
I’m sitting here on a flight leaving Miami heading back to our home in Dallas. There is a darling little blonde boy snoozing away on my lap while my other little girl is beep-bopping away to The Greatest Showman on the other side of me. This past week Aaron and I hit the breaks on our schedule and zipped away for a vacation to go island hopping with the twins. We made it a complete surprise for them. As in, the 4 of us pulled up to the airport and the twins still had no idea we were surprising them with their very own solo trip with mama & daddy. And if you follow along in my Instagram stories, you saw their freak-out moment when we told them we were boarding a plane together to jet off to Florida! Tiny bodies jumping up and down while squealing with excitement. That moment was parenting payday, for sure.
We had an absolute BLAST celebrating our birthdays this weekend! I turned 31 last Wednesday and Aaron turns 33 a week later! We’ve never been into getting each other grand, expensive gifts. Instead, what we really look forward to is experiencing a yummy dinner together or a weekend staycation. We booked a 2 night stay at the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas on the weekend in between our birthdays. My sister and I recently started the best monthly trade-off with our kiddos. She’ll take our kids for a few days and then we’ll trade off the next month and I’ll take her kids for a few days to give them some time alone. It’s definitely a crazy, cousin-filled weekend when all 7 of the cousins are together… but it is giving them the BEST memories, while also give the parents a weekend to relax and focus on one another. I wish we would have started this sooner, haha!
The temps have hit the 80’s and summertime is right around the corner! For our family, summer is all about being carefree and having as much pool & play time as we can handle. We literally live in the pool before school picks back up in the fall. If you saw my Instagram stories from yesterday, you might’ve caught the tail-end of my 7 year old swimming in our pool while my 2 year old was splashing in the shallow end. They’re all fishies and have seemed to jump in the moment the ice melted! The good news is their lips weren’t blue.
Along with this warm weather comes a whole host of problems that can wreck havoc on my locks. There’s a dramatic difference in my winter hair care routine from my summer hair routine. In between battling swimming pool chemicals and intense humidity, it’s so important to keep my hair healthy by changing a few simple habits. Next time you’re running errands, pick up these great summer hair hacks. Keep reading to find out a few tricks to beat the heat this summer!
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.
T W O. Avery Rose turned 2 and I shared some of my favorite 10 pictures + videos of her life HERE on this Instagram post. Spoiler alert, there are lots of double chins featured there, haha. She spent her birthday visiting her daddy’s office, eating donuts, and watching her big siblings play soccer. She even scared the living daylights outta me with
The number one thing I’ve struggled with as a mom to little ones, a wife, and an entrepreneur is prioritizing time. We often have a million things on our to-do list around the house, a kajillion activities we’d like to do with the kids, designing & building plans surrounding my husband’s office, and I’ve got a fun social media gig that lights my fire. All of these opportunities pull on my heartstrings nearly each hour of the day. Have you ever felt like that? As if you’re juggling things and trying to figure out how to stay focused on each project when there are text messages and to-do’s screaming at you from every direction? It’s exhausting, and I hear you. So, this year we sat down and tackled each of our stumbling blocks head on and I’d love to share the goals we’re working through.