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Five Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer.

It is officially summer break and we are already loving every second of it! I don’t think I fully appreciated summer break until having three kids in school full time. The happiness I feel each morning when I wake up and don’t have to rush to pack lunches or get out the door is indescribable. Slow sipping coffee for the win!!

So I thought I would share the five main things on our Summer Bucket List this year, we have some travel plans and tons of fun visitors, but this is what the girls have on their agenda & we think it’s a pretty great list!!

Popsicle Stand // Last year we did a lemonade stand and the girls had the most fun! They have been asking to do a popsicle stand this year, which is what my best friend & I always did when we were little. We also painted rocks with nailpolish and tried selling them. We probably should have just stuck to the popsicles. All you need is a table, a cooler & an assortment of your favorite popsicles! We might even make our own, but not making any promises.

Camping // Who needs mountains and lakes and real campgrounds, when you can camp right in your backyard?! We are planning our first ever backyard campout this year, complete with a tent (maybe an air mattress), a campfire & s’mores!

Amusement Park // We are taking the girls to Adventureland this Summer, a super nostalgic amusement park in Iowa that we used to go to when we were little! They have lots of fun things to do for kids & we can’t wait to spend an entire day there riding rollercoasters & eating funnel cakes!

Baseball Game // Such a fun way to spend an afternoon! I think our girls are finally old enough to actually enjoy a game & maybe even sit through the entire thing. Especially if popcorn is involved!

Backyard Party // You don’t technically have to leave your house in the Summer to have fun if you have a backyard. The slip-n-slide, sprinkler & inflatable pool are our kids favorite thing to do. Invest in a few fun backyard toys and you’ll find yourself having the best Summer ever without even trying!!

I would LOVE to know what fun things you have planned this Summer! I am truly looking forward to lots of downtime which means hopefully lots to share here!! Cheers to making it through another school year, mamas!! XO


Last Day of School

School is out for summer & we are SO excited about it!!! The month of May has truly felt like a marathon, we had a busy April with traveling and came rolling in hot to the last month of school. It felt like we were living at the girls schools every day with parties, art shows, book readings, all. the. things. And let’s not even talk about end of the year outfits or lunches! Mamas of elementary aged kiddos, do you feel me?!

I have never been so happy to sleep in & spend all the lazy days at the pool!!

I wanted to share the girls first day of school picture & their last day of school picture, their little baby faces from last Fall bring tears to my eyes!!

Naturally we had outfit changes before and after school and eyes were closed, but it’s the best we could get & I will cherish these pictures forever!! The chalkboard lives on!! 

Harper is most excited for Second Grade because she gets to meet new friends & take more fun field trips. Eloise is most excited for Kindergarten because she gets to be at school with Harper and to be best friends with all of Harper’s friends. And Claire is most excited for pre-k because she gets to have Ellie’s teacher who she loves!

Tomorrow I am sharing our plans, travel & ideas for things you can do with your kiddos while they are home this summer!! As always, thanks for reading!! XO


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I know it’s very last minute, but I’m a last minute kinda gal. We are looking forward to a quiet Mother’s Day weekend with family, the only thing I am asking for is to sleep in & brunch somewhere on a patio with my people!! I wanted to share a quick gift guide for those of you still shopping for the moms in your life, a few of my favorite things and things currently living in my online shopping carts across the web.

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One // I love everything from Ban.Do and grabbed this Leisure Queen sweatshirt for our Seattle Trip. Who wouldn’t love this sweatshirt?!

Two // One of my favorite essential oil diffusers, it’s small enough to go anywhere in your house and the color settings are so pretty!!

Three // I have been obsessed with these earrings lately! I love how simple they are but they’re just sparkly enough to make a statement. I normally tell Brandon not to buy me jewelry, but hey babe, if you’re reading this, I’ll totally take these any day of the week.

Four // I love a good pair of sneaks in a fun color, I got these New Balance ones in lilac few weeks ago and love them. They’re so comfortable and cute for Spring! My mom & mother in law would both love these as a gift!

Five // When I find a good purse, I typically get really attached to it and use it for 2-3 years. I just bought this backpack purse last month and I love it SO much!! It has so many pockets & has kept me much more organized than my giant open tote. I also underestimated how convenient it is to wear your purse on your back instead of always having it falling off your shoulder. Highly recommend!!!

Six // Yes, my favorite denim jacket ever. It’s on sale for 40% off right now so don’t miss out.

Seven // This temperature controlled coffee mug was on my holiday gift guide and Brandon ended up getting one for himself because he loves to burn his mouth as many times as possible while drinking his morning coffee. It is actually amazing and such a good gift for the busy mama who is always throwing her coffee in the microwave.

Hope this is helpful if you are still looking for gift ideas!! XO