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Archive for 2013

Winter Wonderland

Friday, December 06, 2013

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This time of year always does two things to me....makes me crave being inside with a fire next to the Christmas tree snuggling up with my family OR it drives me crazy with all of the parties/events that we have to do in such a short amount of time.  Don't get me wrong I love all of these fun plans that the holidays bring, but wow is it a struggle to make it all work.

What We Ate Wednesday: School Lunches

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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Since doing the Whole 30 a while back I have tried to incorporate the Paleo diet more and more in our daily life.  The area that I struggle with is when it comes to packing the school lunch. If I am being honest I struggle with that even without trying to follow a Paleo diet.  There are so many great foods but the kids only have 20 minutes for lunch.  So what I pack needs to be quick and easy and doesn't make a huge mess.  Because let's face it that messy lunches and a white school uniform shirt do not mix well.

image credit: Everyday Paleo

Holiday Wish List

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Since Thanksgiving is officially past us I think it is only fair that we start sharing our holiday wish lists. My birthday and Christmas are fairly close together so luckily I only have to come up with this list once a year. I don't know about you but I hate the question, "What do you want for your birthday/Christmas?" When I was younger this wasn't nearly as hard to come up with....but the older you get the harder it becomes.

So, for my husband who is hopefully reading here is the coveted list you are always asking for
(wink! wink!)

What is on your holiday wish you enjoy making lists?

A Day of Thanks

Friday, November 29, 2013

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It is so easy to get caught up in all the little things that are going on in life.  The daily tasks of just getting the kids where they need to be, attending about a gazillion meetings (yes that is a real number), and just keeping up with life. I love Thanksgiving because it forces us to take a moment and be thankful for what really matters in life.

5 on Friday : Top Beauty Products

Friday, August 16, 2013

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This week I thought I would share the top 5 beauty products I am loving. If you want to join in on the fun grab the link and post with us.

So, here is what is on my top 5 list right now:

Suave Dry Shampoo- Seriously the best dry shampoo I have tried so far. I have tried name brand, cheap, expensive, and everything in between. It smells great and works wonders.  You can't beat the price either!

CeraVe Lotion- I cannot go a day without using this moisturizer. It is lightweight but really keeps my skin hydrated. It has a controlled release so it lasts all day without getting greasy.  With my sensitive skin I have to be really careful about what I put on my face....this lotion has been magic.

MAC Viva Glam IV Lipglass- I am OBSESSED with this lipgloss.  It is the perfect shade and works on any skin tone.  When I need just a little something this is the one I reach for. The tube lasts forever and never gets gloppy. Not sure if that is even a word but you get what I mean. =)

5 on Friday

Friday, August 09, 2013

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So today I am linking up with Darci from the good life blog.  If you don't follow her blog, I would highly recommend it...she is funny and always has some amazing resources for mommas.

I feel like we live in Seattle. It has seriously rained every day for the last week.  It doesn't really show any signs soon of stopping either.  Now as much as I am loving the fact that my grass is super green (as well as all the neighbors who usually don't water in the summer), I am starting to be over what all this humidity is doing to my hair! I have wavy hair...not the cute I can wear it wet wave, the I look like I just didn't brush my hair kinda wave. With all of this humidity it has been frizz city.  I need some summer sun please...even if it is for a few days, to get this hair under control.

Spin class....I HATE you and LOVE you all at the same time. We made the plunge this week and took a spin class on Tuesday.  I literally could not walk normal for two days. Not to mention the awkwardness that happens when you can't quite sit down or get up when going to the bathroom. Um ya that was me for a good two days.  We went back on Thursday and as much as my bottom hurt from Tuesdays class....the results were much better today in the realm of sore muscles.  I think we probably sweated enough to fill the outside pool, and we probably looked ridiculous, but it was definitely the best cardio workout we have had in a while. I think we are going to try and stick to it for a while and go back on Thursdays....wish us and our poor legs and bottoms luck!

All Who Wonder Are Not Lost

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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If money was no object I would gladly spend all of my time traveling around the world.  There is nothing better than just getting away and seeing how the other parts of the world live.  Granted most of my travels have been here in the US and I have only been out of the country once....that doesn't stop a girl from dreaming. 

In no particular order here are my top 8 places I want to visit:



The Shred Challenge

Monday, July 01, 2013

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Today is the day!  I am joining Amber and Holly and their 30 Day Shred Challenge.  I have to be honest here....I have started this video multiple times before but never completed all 30 days.  I have every intention to do it, but something always comes up!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

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You've probably already heard that as of July 1, Google Reader will not exist. I've read mixed reviews on whether or not that will include Google Friend Connect. I love being able to have all of my blogs in one place and depend on it to get some of my favorite posts from other bloggers.  If you are like me and you rely on GFC or Google Reader to get blog posts- you should probably find a new way.

Little Man Mustache Shower

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's baby time and time to start planning a certain someone's baby shower.  I don't know about you but since the invention of pinterest I can easily get myself in over my head.  If only I had enough time to do EVERYTHING that I find on that site! There are definitely many nights that you can find me pinning away planning the next party, decorating my dream house, or looking at all the DIY projects.

So, back to the shower.  Our little baby is going to be a boy so little boy stuff has been on my brain. Luckily for me, momma and I are on the same page as to what a cute shower theme would be.  Mustaches!!! There are so many cute ideas out there.  So, I have to contain myself and not go overboard. I have to admit that it is hard since this is the first time I get to switch the roles and be the aunt and not the momma.  This baby is going to be spoiled!!!! 

Here is a little inspiration board of things I am playing around with....I will keep you posted on what we actually do. But for now enjoy all things baby boy!

Letter to my 21 year old self:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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I am linking up with Holly & Jake today and writing a letter to my 21 year old self.

Wanna join in on the fun? Grab the button and link up too!


Dear Mandy (21), 

I know that you think life is hard now and it probably isn’t going to get any better…but trust me it will. This is the year that you will make so many mistakes, date all the wrong guys, question everything about yourself, and you will still be searching for that friendship that is missing.  Here is the thing, you will find it and more if you are just patient.  It seems like life is going to pass you by and that for some reason you are still going to be stuck here in this moment forever.  This just happens to be the year that you are going to find your soul mate.  The person who fills all the holes you think you have and manages to fill the ones that you don’t even realize are there yet.  He will be the one who loves you no matter what stupid idea or situation you get yourself in.  There will never be a question of is this what I am supposed to settle for, you know you are getting more than you could ever dream of. Even though you hate the way you look, the self doubt that seems to crowd itself inside will slowly disappear when you are around him.  Even though you were always searching for a best friend who could share your love of Alanis Morrisette, the movie Grease, and someone who you just couldn’t imagine your life without……it just might be this boy!

Gone Girl

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Not only is this title in reference to the fact that I have been MIA for is also the book I just finished reading for my book club and couldn't put down. The past couple of months have been so busy with holidays and work that I had to prioritize my life just to keep my sanity.  For those of you who are still checking in and reading, thank you!  Now that life is back to normal I should be able to dedicate more time to sharing with you all the things I love.

Now onto the book "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, I am not kidding when I say you will not figure it out! The ending of this story is impossible to predict....there are so many twists and turns along the way.  Just when you think you have figured it out, another bombshell is dropped! The book is about a husband who is caught up in the middle of his wife's disappearance on their five year anniversary.  During the investigation police find  a journal that Amy has been keeping outlining their marriage.  It isn't soon after that police start looking at Nick as the main suspect in Amy's disappearance. The book alternates between Nick and Amy and Amy's journal, and paints such a clear picture of how two people in the same marriage can have such different points of view about the same situation. The book takes you on a dark journey through their marriage and the search to find out just what happened to Amy.