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Harper Turns Six!

This weekend we celebrated our Harper girl’s SIXTH birthday! It seems like just yesterday we were planning her little princess party for her third birthday, I’m not sure why that one vividly stands out so much to me but it just doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. Harper wanted unicorns & lemonade for her birthday this year, so that is just what we did! Lots of balloons, strawberry unicorn cupcakes & every flavor of lemonade you could think of! All of her little besties came over and the weather was beautiful, a sunshine day in the middle of two weeks of straight rain! The girls ate lunch, birthday cake & then ran around the yard for two hours taking turns jumping on the trampoline & doing sidewalk chalk. Also worth noting, Harper chose peanut butter & jelly uncrustables for her fancy birthday party meal & Eloise refused to change out of pajamas.

SIX things I want to remember about Harper right now:

1. She loves to express herself with art, she is always making the sweetest pictures of our family with thought bubbles and writing what people are saying or thinking. It is SO sweet. She loves to draw us love notes and leave them on our night stands. I will treasure her art forever!

2. She takes the best care of her sisters (and really everyone!) but will always find a way to make them happy. She reads to them, always lets them play with her dolls & tells them jokes when they’re upset (or getting their hair brushed and are unhappy about it!)

3. She is the girliest girl, always dancing, always singing & always wants to dress up.

4. She is such a daddy’s girl (how can you not be?!) she loves to ride in his truck or hang out in the garage with him.

5. She has such a sweet tooth, loves pancakes & wants to eat candy canes all year round.

6. She is so much fun to hang out with!!! It is so fun to take her places (just the two of us!) or even sit with her and scroll pinterest or watch cooking shows! I love my little six year old best friend!

Happy birthday, Harper doodle!! We love you so so much, stay magical sweet girl!


Cultivating Happiness.

We have been a little quiet over here, although we have a lot of big things in the works, and one of those is bringing more content to the blog that focuses on health & happiness. I talked a little bit about some of the healthier habits we will be making in our lives & thought I should touch a little bit on the happy habits as well. I have been working on this for a few weeks, jotting down notes here & there of things we try to do, listening to a lot of personal development podcasts & learning more about the habits of happy people, and wanted to share my list with you today!

1. Make the things you love a priority. Write down five things that you love doing (reading, running, laying in bed drinking coffee while scrolling pinterest, whatever it is) and put them on your calendar, make them a non negotiable.

2. Take care of yourself. Self care is not optional, you must take care of yourself before you can care for others. Wash off your makeup & take your vitamins, you will feel like a brand new human.

3.Β Get a full night’s sleep & wake up early.

4. Eat your veggies but never say no to your favorite dessert. Putting good things into our bodies is important, but so is giving ourselves grace.

5. Be proactive about getting rid of negativity in your life. Unfollow social media accounts that evoke negative feelings or comparison & take breaks from spending time with people who make you feel anything but good.

6. Be grateful. Make a list daily of five things you are thankful for, and tell the people in your life how thankful you are for them.

7.Β Get inspired! Listen to podcasts or ted talks, make a playlist of songs that give you good vibes and make a pinterest board full of inspiring quotes or images & look at it first thing in the morning while you sip your coffee. Refueling your idea bank is good for the soul!

8.Β Live in the moment. Easier said than done, especially if you are a dreamer (or a multitasker), but we must live in the moment to experience true happiness, especially if you have babies growing up right before your eyes.

9. PRAY. “The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked. Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers, he is offended by anything less. ” – The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

10. Go out of your way to do something kind for someone else, as often as you can. Spread love!

What steps do you take in your daily life to cultivate happiness for yourself & your family? Do you want to see more content like this on the blog moving forward?! Hope you all have had an amazing start to your new year!! xo


Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas, friends!!

It has been a crazy month, so we were so excited to just slow down, stay home & enjoy all of the festivities together. The kids had school up until Friday, so we spent the weekend catching up on baking, shopping & watching Christmas movies on repeat. We hosted Christmas Eve dinner early in the afternoon before church and decided to go all out with a turkey and all of the sides (too good of a meal to only eat once a year!) After church, the girls decorated gingerbread house cupcakes (because in all of the hustle & bustle we forgot to get them early enough and they sold out as we got too close to the big day). They ended up being just as fun & might have to be a yearly addition to our gingerbread house making!

Santa’s Elves were up late working on all of the last minute wrapping & Christmas morning came bright & early. Harper and Eloise were in our bed before the sun came up, but we had to send them back upstairs to play quietly in their room until we could wake up Claire. We finally got her up around seven, and the girls dove right in! Harper was most excited for her new doll that looked like her, Eloise was quite content with her not so “real baby” (it actually pees and burps so she was a happy camper), and Claire’s favorite present was Minnie puzzles & PEZ. We let the mess linger all day, made homemade cinnamon rolls & watched Christmas Vacation. We took the girls to my parents for Christmas night & had dinner, and they were so excited to get a new dollhouse!

We let them camp downstairs and fall asleep by the tree before carrying them up to their beds, they are never ready for Christmas to be over & neither are we!

While I am so sad this week is coming to an end, we are SO excited for the new year and everything that 2018 may bring! We hope you had an incredible holiday with all of your family & friends, and are soaking up all the last little bits of Christmas magic!! xo