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Celebrating the 4th of July

Happy fourth of July week!!!! We had a super fun weekend celebrating our sweetest Claire bear, she turned TWO on Saturday (more about her birthday coming to the blog very soon!) and we loved celebrating her. We let Harper & Eloise plan out the day for her and it was perfect, birthday pancakes, water slides & her very own stuffed Johnny gorilla from her favorite movie, Sing. Claire is obsessed with him!! My parents were in Iowa taking care of my grandma’s house so we postponed her birthday party until next weekend, we can’t wait!!

Yesterday afternoon, we had a few friends in our neighborhood over for some fourth of July (or I guess, second of July) festivities & I wanted to share the two super quick & easy things we made. The first is a fruit & cheese tray, I used a tiny star cookie cutter but these would also be super easy to freehand with a paring knife if you pre-cut your cheese into squares! This is a great light appetizer to throw together for everybody to enjoy, especially if you’re going to be outside or heading somewhere to watch fireworks! Later we made rosΓ© floats, choose your favorite bottle of rosΓ© and pour over two scoops of raspberry sorbet! Seriously delicious!! And of course, what is a festive summer celebration without sprinklers & water balloons?!

We are headed to our local fireworks celebration tonight & hope to catch them again in our backyard tomorrow night! Hope you guys all have the HAPPIEST Fourth! God Bless America, land of the free because of the brave. XO


Summer Adventures

Going into this summer, we knew that it was going to be a magical one & so far it has been just that. We have been working on checking items off the bucket list, last weekend Brandon took Harper fishing while I took the two little ones to the splash pad & then on a muffin (and coffee) date. The girls had their very first sleep over, Harper’s bestie spent the night and the girls camped in the living room in our tent. They stayed up late eating popcorn and watching The Parent Trap, and we learned our first parenting lesson in overtired-sleepover-repercussions the next day. We’ve been to the zoo, the pool & the beach, and the adventures are just getting started.

But let’s get real for a second, we are all riding the summer strugglebus over here. There is a reason that moms have a love hate relationship with summer break. Our house is in a constant state of emergency, dining room chairs are tipped over and draped in blankets, clothes are strung down the hallway from whatever game of dress up the girls’ played this morning, and the kitchen floor is almost always wet now that Harper & Ellie have decided that doing the dishes is their favorite activity. Everything is sticky and covered in grass. Last week I found a dino nugget under the dvd player and a glue stick stuck in the back of Ellie’s hair.

Our kids have been waking up at six in the morning and doing ALL of the things before 10 am. I’m talking play dough, sidewalk chalk, pool, art, forts, books, snacks, fighting, hugging, snuggling and minimum three outfit changes. And I am looking at the clock thinking WHEN IS DINNER and we literally have four hundred hours left in the day.

Expectations & standards are at an all time low over here, and we are all ay-oh-kay with it. So cheers to all the summer fun, made of equal parts adventure & struggle. I hope you are all enjoying it as much as wee are, and as always, thanks for taking the time to hide in the bathroom from your screaming toddler to read this. XO


Our Summer Reading List

Summer is the season of reading & relaxing. The only time I will ever get to dive into a book is when the girls are running in the sprinkler or going to sleep super early after a long day in the sun, and I am taking full advantage of it. We try to do thirty minutes of reading after breakfast and again before bed each night, so we are always on the hunt for more books to check out from the library or buy for our shelves at home! I wanted to share a few of my favorites & things that are on our reading list, which I will definitely have more time for since we are already finished with Orange is the New Black. Anyone else watch it this season?! I am so sad it’s already over, it was the best yet!!!

Currently reading:

The Woman in Cabin 10 // This book came highly recommended from my brother as a similar read to The Girl on the Train (which I loved!). I don’t normally read a lot of fiction or thrillers, but it’s a prefect escape when I am feeling overwhelmed with my to-do list or want something light to read outside. So far, I am a little over halfway done & loving it.

Hello, Glow // Full of beauty DIYs and ways to use essential oils, I have been making my way through this book for a few weeks and trying lots of things along the way. Highly recommended for anyone who uses oils & loves a good natural beauty remedy!

Morning Noon Night // A beautiful lifestyle book full of decor, recipe & overall inspiration. I need books like this to fuel my creativity!

I also picked up Love & Gelato yesterday, mostly because the cover caught my eye, but the reviews look good & it seems like a fun read! And I can never get enough of the second edition Domino book, so much amazing home & styling inspiration, it seems like at least half the pages are flagged because I’m obsessed with something on them!

What the girls are currently reading:

The 50 States // This is Harper’s favorite book, full of super fun illustrations and tons of facts about the United States. She’s obsessed with learning about different states and seems to remember everything. Such a great book to prep for Kindergarten.

The Wonderful Things you will Be // Eloise’s favorite book because, you guessed it, it has babies in it. This read will make you tear up a little bit, the illustrations are amazing and the story is so sweet. We read this all the time, and the girls love the costume pull out page.

The Fox Wish // The girls got this for Easter and it has become a favorite in our house, with classic illustrations & a little bit of magic.

And a few more that we have been reading over and over, I Had a Favorite Dress (which has never been more relevant as Harper is outgrowing so many of her favorite dresses!), Antoinette (a follow up book to Gaston!), The Little Island, and Narwhall: Unicorn of the Sea. It’s always fun to have books about the ocean & sea in the summer, it makes all the beach trips even more exciting for the kids!

What are you reading this Summer?! XO