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father’s day gift guide

father’s day gift guide

Because daddy deserves some thoughtful gifts too! With Father’s day just over a week away, I admit I’m not really on top of my game. But here it is, and I can assure you my hubby will be unwrapping at least one of these bad […]

whole30 week 2 {update & what I ate}

whole30 week 2 {update & what I ate}

The second week of the Whole30 has been great, overall. I was feeling a bit more tired, but not necessarily throughout the day, mostly morning concentration of it. It’s second nature now, for the most part, and I like that. Keeping the focus and energy […]

whole30 week 1 recap & why I’m doing it

whole30 week 1 recap & why I’m doing it

Wow. Week one of the Whole30 kind of went by fast. Wait, first let me take a step back. A week ago I started the Whole30. There quite a few reasons, and I’ve been wanting to do one for a while. It just happened to […]

nordstrom half-yearly sale {legit mom style}

nordstrom half-yearly sale {legit mom style}

i’ve gone through so much of this dang sale, and picked my favorites for ladies fashion. i have quite a few of these pieces myself, so can speak of the love personally. other stuff i’m just loving. most of these pieces are pretty timeless and […]

this shit is bananas {b-a-n-a-n-a-s)

this shit is bananas {b-a-n-a-n-a-s)

Don’t tell me you don’t sing the song every time you have to spell the damn word. Bananas. You do. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. And if you don’t, you’re legit missing out because it makes spelling fun. Or you’re too young for this reference and I kind of […]

because a pillow can make us happy {and i don’t feel bad about it}

because a pillow can make us happy {and i don’t feel bad about it}

the last thing i need to do is buy home stuff for this house. but it’s a strange thing. i mean i know we’re moving. i know i’ll want to decorate the new place, and perhaps totally differently. but, i actually live here now. and […]

pineapple mango salsa {recipe}

pineapple mango salsa {recipe}

this is hands-down my favorite spring/summer condiment. i put it on everything. tacos, chips, chicken, veggies, salad. literally every meal if i have some in the fridge. really simple to make, and keeps well for a few days in the fridge (even gets better with […]

friday favorites {weekly links: mother’s day gift guide}

friday favorites {weekly links: mother’s day gift guide}

Mother’s day is fast approaching. It’s easy to get distracted with all the goodness of spring, and lose sight of the fact that the most important woman in your life needs a little love. Or a lot. Let’s face it, she had a big job […]

mama diaries {preschool parenting, brushing teeth & washing hands}

mama diaries {preschool parenting, brushing teeth & washing hands}

Preschool parenting is no joke! Their sole purpose in life seems to be testing limits. And so our job is basically just reinforcing those limits. Exhausting, isn’t it? We are just coming out of a very frustrating phase. You know how they go – when […]

last weekend {favorites – recipe, outfit, moment, etc}

last weekend {favorites – recipe, outfit, moment, etc}

It was all about our birthday boss man, felix, all weekend. I mean, he really owned the whole ‘it’s my birthday, so…’ phrase – making us follow him around everywhere.’ I totally loved it, to be honest. It was such a big boy milestone. Not […]