The French Laundry: My Dream Restaurant!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As I mentioned in the previous post,  my family has loved living in northern California and all the amazing bounty and beauty it has to offer. We have had the opportunity to travel and see many places but there are still a few things on our to-do list! When I rounded up my … [Read more...]

Best Restaurants of Napa Valley

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I recently realized while talking to my hubby that we have now lived in California longer than we have lived anywhere else in our married lives! After four and a half years here, we have visited much of what northern California has to offer – lake Tahoe, San Francisco, … [Read more...]

Holiday Family Photos – Merry Christmas!

happy holidays from our family to yours! i am so in love with our family photos this year by Kristy G Photography! i decided against sending out cards this year  - time just got away from me - but i still wanted a place to share our family photos and wish everyone we love a merry christmas and a wonderful new year. may the blessings of heaven pour upon your families as we celebrate this holiday … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Dramatically Strengthen Family Memories and Traditions

did you know that family memories are the strongest when associated with multiple senses? my strongest holiday memories growing up were ones where we were listening to music, holiday scents filled the air, we were tasting treats or savory dishes, cooking in the kitchen and getting messy - all incorporating sight, smell, taste, sounds, and touch. as i strive to make family traditions and memories … [Read more...]

Zappos Blogger Secret Gift Exchange

you guys! i just had the most fun experience! in partnership with Zappos, i had the opportunity to be paired with another blogger in a secret santa gift exchange! it was SO fun! Zappos is the best place to find gifts for everyone on your list this holiday season, so it is no surprise that i LOVED the gifts from my paired blogger - the adorable and totally stylish Kaelah from the clueless girl's … [Read more...]

What I’d like you know about my daughter with Down Syndrome

i'd like to introduce you to Ainsley. she is six years old. Ainsley loves to dance, swim, play with her dolls, run around with her friends, and wrestle with her brothers.  she loves roller coasters, making friends, and school. she attends kindergarten.  Ainsley has down syndrome. down syndrome doesn’t define her.  she is not a down syndrome girl.  she is a little girl, who just happens to have … [Read more...]

Tips and Tricks to fight GERMS this flu season!

This post was sponsored by Puffs through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Puffs, all opinions are my own if there is a germ in this town - my son will find it. no joke you guys- as if his allergies were not enough, he has reactive airways and had pneumonia 6 times before the age of 3! we have been able to get it under control recently and … [Read more...]

Fueling a better future: My little soccer girl!

This post is brought to you by got milk? Drink to a brighter future. my little soccer player! this year aubrey has surprised us with an amazing soccer season so far! i love when moms on the team ask 'has she played before?!'... yes. yes she has. let me tell you about it. she played last year and probably (i'm being generous here) touched the ball 5 times in all of the games combined. she spent … [Read more...]

TMNT Popsicles!

this post was created in connection with my appointment in the Popsicle® blogger program.visit to join in the conversation! so if you haven't noticed... we have been on a bit of a TMNT kick lately! my son is really in love with them! they got us through the first day of school & we had a TMNT back to school party - complete with ninja guacamole and apples. and … [Read more...]

Patton’s First Day of School!

this post is sponsored by Target but all photos and opinions are my own. it's here. his long awaited & much anticipated first day of school. we have toured the school, prepped his teachers on all his medications, talked about rules, labeled his lunchbox with his allergies, and said lots of prayers. in the days leading up to school he has shown a bit of anxiety - asking all sorts of … [Read more...]

Crustacean Vacation – Maine

this post is sponsored by Popsicle® but all opinions are my own. all photos are copyright to and cannot be used without expressed permission many of you know that my son patton has an OBSESSION with crustaceans. particularly lobsters and crabs. if i wasn't traveling the last 4 weeks you would have already seen his lobster and crab nautical birthday party (it is SUPER cute!! … [Read more...]

Back to School with Personalized School Supplies

  this is a sponsored post but all opinions & photos are my own. its back to school time!! have you come to terms with the fact that summer is ending yet?! we are headed out on a vacation with family and then when we get back we are RIGHT into school mode. i'm keeping my fingers crossed that the 3 hour traveling time difference won't affect her first day of school too much! recently i … [Read more...]