DIY Gel Nails – Perfected!

After a TON of requests to share a Gel Nail DIY tutorial on Instagram— Here’s a detailed guide on how to do your own gel nails at home! I’ve been using this same technique for almost 5 years and I’ll never go back to the salon. In all transparency, I could never afford the salon anyways haha. We were a broke grad student family with a loan bigger than you could imagine. Getting my nails done or hair did was definitely not in our budget.
One year, I pulled together my birthday cash from my parents and invested in learning how to do gel nails. So here was my alternative to the salon, featuring my BEST TIPS since I LOVE a shiny and hard polish that lasts for weeks. Hope you love it too!
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Holiday Getaway to San Antonio

Happy Holidays Friends!  We recently enjoyed a family getaway to the JW Marriott in San Antonio. I had tons of y’all asking about our adventures at this resort during this cooler time of year and so I’ll share all of those details and things I wish we would have done here in this post!

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Holiday Gifts + Abercrombie Kids

Y,all! It’s Christmas in only TEN days! Are you ready for it?? I’m so excited, and ready or not, here it comes! Our Christmas’ over the years have evolved and I’m loving more and more how we spend our holiday celebrating all of what this special day represents.

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake: Holiday Recipe with Samsung

Happy holidays, lovelies! I’m on my way home and back to my babies from a fun girl’s trip to Utah. My hubby stayed behind in Texas with our 4 kiddos. I sure appreciate how much he supports me in all of my passions. I am SO excited for this Christmas holiday season now that we have slid into December! Bring on the boots & scarves, the festive music and baking. We have a favorite holiday dessert we always make a few times only around this time of year. I’ve been baking this special Cheesecake for 10 years and I’m really looking forward to it now that we’re able to enjoy our kitchen after completely renovating it earlier this year (see that post HERE.) Since so many of you on Instagram asked for me to share my White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Pecan Gingersnap Crust, I’ll include the recipe below and how you can make the perfect cheesecake! (Note: I don’t like most pumpkin treats, but I’m obsessed with this dessert. The pumpkin is very subtle ;-)).  View Post

Symphony of the Seas: The Largest Cruise Ship in the World!

Life is so fun sailing the sea! We took our oldest daughter to Miami and boarded the largest cruise ship in the world: Symphony of the Seas from Royal Caribbean! This beautiful new ship did a transatlantic sailing from Europe to the United States to its new home in Miami.

We’ve been on many cruises, nearly 1 every year. And simply put, Royal Caribbean has always been our favorite. Hands down, their cruises excel in every way from the activities and onboard entertainment, restaurants and buffets, staff friendliness, to the neat cabin designs. We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary earlier this year by flying to Puerto Rico and taking an Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean. So when Royal Caribbean invited our family for Miami’s inaugural sailing, we couldn’t have been any more thrilled to say yes!

Why Not Take the Whole Family?

We’ve been craving the idea of spending more one-on-one time with each of our children. They generally play so well together. Aaron and I are working really hard to simplify our lives so that we can spend as much time as possible home together as a family. And so, the idea of taking that to a whole new level by vacationing with 1 babe at a time, giving them our complete attention allowing us to really learn more about who they are becoming just felt so right. She was still a 1 year old when we brought the newborn twins home from the hospital. The idea of taking Savannah, who has always taken the backseat to her 3 younger siblings, on the vacation seemed to be the perfect fit! View Post

Batman Room

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!! Is your kitchen filled with pies baking?! I need to get crackin’ on our White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake. Y’ALL…. I’ve been making it for the last 10 years, it’s too good to quit. Maybe I’ll snap photos of this yummy beauty and add the recipe here in the blog. It would make a fab Christmas dessert for any party or family get together!

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HOME TOUR: Playroom Before & After

Happy Saturday! I’m so excited to share with you another room reveal in our home! I’m always a sucker for a good before & after transformation. And this room was a fun, whimsical space we created for the kid’s playroom. This is a bedroom we have upstairs that I intentionally declared a playroom. It’s further away from the kid’s jack-and-jill bedrooms. Yep, I’m certain the kid’s nightly parties would chill out if they all had 3 separate rooms but I LOVE having a space for them to hang out together and bring their friends. It’s filled with toys, books, and a cozy couch to lounge away their days. I still have a few things here and there I’d like to complete in this room after the holidays but for now, we love it! Scroll to the end of post for all sources linked!

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My 4 Favorite Tricks to Keep Skin Healthy During Dry Winter Months

It’s that time of year! We’re bundling up in our thermal jammies and long robes. The heater is kicked on and evenings of warm soup and bread in our kitchen. The weather is cool and we love everything this new season brings! Well, almost everything.

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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

HOME TOUR: Exterior German Smear Before & After!

YOU GUYS!!! There’s nothing that I love more than the planning and creating process of transforming a space into something I adore. I’ve been so passionate this year about designing the interior of our home. It’s something that uses all my creative juices. I have a unique and eclectic taste. I love a little modern, fun, contemporary, mid-century, romantic boho (you should see the kid’s playroom that I’m working on! Can’t wait to share!), simple, clean, bold, etc.. I love it all. I carry around bits and pieces of each style that flows into the next room. I’ve realized that I haven’t asked for much advice from anyone about our home because I want it to reflect everything I love instead of someone else’s style or trend. And honestly, I’m so opinionated about my funky style in our house that I’m afraid to hear that someone else doesn’t like it, haha. By making sure that I’m undeniably obsessed with everything I put in our home, it’s become a sanctuary that sparks joy. And thank YOU for popping over to this corner of mine. It’s because of YOU that I’m able to use my passions to redesign spaces and support my family. I couldn’t do ANY of this without your support. All the messages, comments, and love.. I read every single note you send and it melts me. I feel too lucky to have such kind readers!!! I pray and hope to be a place of encouragement and information. Have a question? Drop it in the comments below!

I am so excited to finally share the exterior transformation of our house! This has been a long time coming. We started planning in the spring, began the 1st project beginning of July, and finally finished everything in late October. I’ll share all the details including the cost and colors on this German Smear project and Paint project! View Post

HOME TOUR: Girl’s Bedroom Makeover

I am so excited to share with y’all a sweet, girl’s bedroom makeover! From my last blog/Instagram post, I’ve had so many of ya’ll asking where everything is from, so I’m including all of these gems for you here! We filled my 6.5 year old’s room with all things vintage floral and bohemian lace. It turned out great and it’s become one of my favorite spots in the house. The kids are usually bouncing from room to room, and hanging out on their beds is definitely one of their favorite places to be. I’ve linked all sources at the bottom of the post, just scroll all the way down to find the direct links. View Post

How We Got Our Kids to Stay in Bed!

It’s the first week of Autumn! Even though we’re still enjoying warmer days, I know fall is right around the corner with all it’s exciting festivities! We are 6 weeks into the start of school and the kids have transitioned from summer’s lazy life to a solid school routine. It’s been a great change! AND I’m so thrilled to share with you how we helped our kids FINALLY quit my biggest pet peeve surrounding their bedtime routine (insert HALLELUJAH!)!

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EASIEST Way To Eat Healthy When You Don’t Have Time

Happy Thursday, friends! It’s been a sunny, beautiful day. The kids are about to go down for bed and Aaron & I will sneak in a workout, hang a chandelier that I’ve been dying to get up, and then relax while watching one of our favorite shows (The Last Ship is amazing). Now that school is in full swing for the kids, we’ve picked up doing regular home workouts together either in the morning or after the kids have gone to sleep. We’ll pop on a TV show in our movie room while lifting weights or cycling on the spin bike before we pass out for the night. I really LOVE this new routine! Aaron’s working 1 day a week as an associate orthodontist while working on building his practice which will open April 2019! We are so excited and are so thankful that the income from Hello Ivory Rose and my Instagram are supporting us in the mean time.

If you follow along with me on my Instagram stories, you’ll know I’ve been chatting a lot about eating a healthy diet and exercising. I don’t follow any particular diet and I avoid temporary fads like sugarless months, etc. When I’ve labeled particular foods as “off-limit” or “bad” then I mistake that to mean something about myself if I’ve given in the to “bad” food. So, to protect my relationship with food and to keep it balanced and positive, I full-heartedly believe moderation is everything and being intentional about what foods I’m eating and WHY I’m eating them. Easy to say, hard to do, right?? I’m a complete work in progress and I’ve got big goals! View Post

New Mamas! 9 Ways To Help Your Life Feel Organized

I get asked a lot by fellow mamas how my family and house seems to always stay tidy. My secret?… It doesn’t!! I can literally be the worst at having my life together. 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