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Holiday Decor I’m Loving

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There is no better feeling than waking up on a crisp winter morning to a house that is fully decorated for the holiday’s. December always flies by with everything going on, so this year I am determined to soak it all in and enjoy the little things!

It’s safe to say that most people have already started decorating for the holiday’s at this point, but if you are still looking for some inspo, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite decor items this year. I always love going with a classic and neutral style with accents of gold throughout. This look is timeless and will last you years to come! Plus, how cute is this festive serving platter and these personalized fur stockings?

 

Gift Guide for Him

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Men can sometimes be difficult to shop for, especially when they don’t give you any ideas! That’s why I have rounded up my top picks and everyday must-haves to make your holiday gifting to the guys in your life a little bit easier this year.

Whether you’re wanting to splurge a bit or find something budget-friendly, I have something on this list that will suit just about anyone.

Here are my top pics that I promise will not disappoint!

 

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Chic Halloween Decor

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We’re more than halfway through September so is it too early to start decorating for Halloween? If you’re like me and can’t resist a good spooky find, then you’ll appreciate today’s roundup. While I love Halloween, I like to keep my decor chic but still festive (if you know what I mean). I’m seeing the shelves stocked with some really good Halloween decor right now, so I wanted to share a few things I’m loving. From life-size skeletons to spiderwebs and pumpkins, it’s safe to say our household is more than ready for October 31st.

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you need to get in on these floating flameless candles. Hang a few witch hats from your ceiling and you’ll be transported to Hogwarts! Oh, and don’t forget some extra large spiders – this one is over four feet and just $10! These bats are super affordable as well and are perfect for a mantle, staircase or wall. Keep scrolling for more fun finds that will get you in the Halloween spirt…

 

Road Trip To Monterey

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I absolutely love road trips, and try to go on them as much as my schedule allows. I think it’s such a great way to spend time with the family, and introduce the boys to new places and fun adventures. We were recently lucky enough to be given a Lexus RXL to test out, so we took the opportunity to pack up the family and head up to Monterey.  Besides the famous Pebble Beach, we were excited to see what else this city had in store for us. And man, did we have a blast! Here’s what we did…

Monterey Bay Aquarium

One of the most exciting attractions Monterey has to offer is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located in Cannery Row, this is an absolute must see, and if you’re at all into the mysterious nature of the deep sea, well, this place will just blow your mind. The Open Sea exhibit is reason enough to go check this place out. Holding 1.2 million gallons of water, this is the aquarium’s largest tank, with one of the biggest viewing windows in the whole world. From sea turtles and jellyfish, to hammerhead sharks, and tuna, this exhibit has it all. It was even the first to house 6 great white sharks over a period of 7 years (crazy, right?)!  Other exhibits include a massive three story kelp forest, and a habitat tank that represents marine life from Monterey Bay. With awesome efforts to inspire and improve conservation of the oceans, this place is a fun-filled and educational adventure that will leave your entire family in awe and wonder.

 

Cannery Row

Back in the day, Cannery Row was a site lined with sardine canning factories. Today,  it is a scenic waterfront street (made famous by John Steinbeck), home to great restaurants, hotels, and historic tourist attractions; some residing in old cannery buildings.  Cannery Row’s offshore area is the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. This is an awesome place to rent a kayak, or go out on a guided tour to see the marine life. You will also find the famous 18 Mile Coastal Recreational Trail. This paved trail can be explored by by foot, bicycle, or even a surrey rental! How adorable is that?! We didn’t get a chance, but rumor has it that if you take this trail up to Point Pinos Lighthouse you will find the most stunning, spectacular, view.

Dennis the Menace Park

If you have kids then you absolutely have to check this place out because your kids will have a blast! Located in El Estero Park, the creator of the Dennis the Menace comic strip helped establish this playground back in 1956. With large slides, a suspension bridge, a hedge maze, a climbing wall, a zip line, climbing nets, and a giant ship, your kids will be able to run around for hours and tire themselves out, while parents find a nice spot to picnic and overlook the lake.

17 Mile Drive

This is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Follow the red-dotted line and it will take you past the most beautiful beaches, gorgeous golf greens, dramatic cliffs, and enchanting forests. Some of the main attractions along this drive are Cypress Point, Bird Rock, Fanshell Beach, Pescadero Point, and Seal Point. Stop at one of the most photographed trees in the world, the Lone Cypress (the official symbol of Pebble Beach), walk along the Spanish Bay Boardwalk, play a round of golf at Pebble Beach, or watch the sunset at Cypress Point Lookout. If you have kids, perhaps stop by Seal Rock or Bird Rock, which is swimming with sea lions and other marine life. Needless to say, there is so much to see and do here. For $10.25 per vehicle, it is an experience not to be missed!

Fisherman’s Wharf

This place is a tourist’s dream! Lined with seafood restaurants overlooking the water, souvenir shops, and candy stores, Fisherman’s Wharf, is a place to walk around and take in the bay breeze. You can go whale watching, or sailing on the bay from here. And don’t forget to check out the historical center of Monterey at the entrance of the wharf.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little guide to Monterey! If you ever get a chance to visit, it’s an awesome place to see the best of what California has to offer! Be sure to comment below with some of your favorite places to visit in California, and maybe we’ll just have to make a trip!

Halloween Costumes with JCPenney

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Halloween is almost here & we are enjoying all of the festivities before the holiday has come & gone. We’ve been to the pumpkin patch 4 times already & as you can tell from these photos, the boys are still obsessed.  Adam & the boys LOVE Halloween & it’s so fun to see the excitement in all of their faces every time we do something festive. Kannon has been begging to carve pumpkins & I’m so happy we’re back in town just in time to carve them before Wednesday!

Now, I don’t know about you guys but with how quickly the year has flown by, we were a little late to picking out the boys Halloween costumes. The boys couldn’t make up their minds & we have been traveling so much that we completely procrastinated. We were all so excited to partner with JCPenney on this post though because it made the process SO easy & the boys couldn’t wait until Halloween to wear their Buzz Lightyear & Flash costumes! We introduced Hendrix to Toy Story recently & Buzz is by far his favorite character so he completely freaked out when we put him in this costume for the first time. Holidays are so much fun with kids, I can’t handle it!!

If you’re still on the hunt for a costume (or anything Halloween related), head on over to JCPenney because they’re having killer deals. With savings so good, we might be stocking up on our Halloween costumes & décor for next year!!

 

What are you (or your kids) going to be for Halloween this year? Comment below!

 

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28 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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Since I turned 28 a few weeks ago, I thought it might be fun to share 28 things you might not know about me. I’m pretty open with you guys so it was actually kind of difficult to come up with these BUT I hope you learn a little bit more about me & then I would love for you to share something about yourself in the comments below so I can get to know you all a little bit more!

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1.) I love to sleep. If I could, I would sleep 10 hours every night & take a nap during the day.

2.) I got married when I was 19 (more on that in an upcoming youtube video so make sure you’re subscribed)!

3.) I’m a certified nutritional consultant.

4.) I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember.

5.) I’m obsessed with reading & have been since I was 4 years old.

6.) I was incredibly shy as a kid. I wouldn’t speak to people & would hide behind my parents to avoid people at big gatherings.

7.) I’m afraid of the dark (& about 100 other things haha).

8.) I’m allergic to chocolate (technically cacao).

9.) I’m a pescatarian.

10.) I am the youngest of 4 kids.

11.) Giraffes are my spirit animal. I’m literally dyyying to go to Giraffe Manor to live among my people 🙂

12.) I am LDS.

13.) I would live in sweatpants if it was socially acceptable.

14.) If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Italy.

15.) I was 16 when I had my first kiss. I had a bet with my dad & if I made it until 16, he got me a car. I won!

16.) I call my husband every time I hear a siren near our apartment to make sure he’s safe. #crazyperson

17.) I HATE when people chew loudly or blow air through their teeth. It drives me insane.

18.) I’m obsessed with Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls & Friends. I could watch all of them over & over.

19.) I hate top sheets & never use them or sleep with one. I have to sleep with a comforter no matter the temperature.

20.) I’m wildly terrified of the ocean but also completely fascinated by it.

21.) I wanted to be a veterinarian until I was a teenager.

22.) I can’t deal with blood, it makes me light headed & want to pass out (the reason I didn’t become a vet)!

23.) My family is my everything.

24.) I am terrible at small talk. It’s quite embarrassing to be honest haha.

25.) I speak fluent sarcasm but unfortunately don’t speak any other languages.

26.) The sound of ticking clocks makes me crazy.

27.) I have a bad deviated septum but I’m too scared to get it fixed.

28.) I LOVE carbs & cheese! Can’t live without them guys. But you probably already knew that! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post & got to know me a little bit better! Comment below 1 thing about yourself so I can get to know you all better as well!

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Summer Bucket List

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Since we are already halfway through July, I thought it would be fun to put together a little ‘2018 Summer Bucket List’ filled with the activities we want to do before the end of August. Kannon starts kindergarten the end of August & it is blowing my mind that he’s already so grown up! So, with that said, we got together as a family & put together this list. Once you’ve gone through it, try to guess who came up with what ideas & comment below 🙂

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Before we dive into the list though, can we take a minute to talk about these photos! Every time we take family photos my heart bursts. Documenting every stage of our boys’ lives is one of my absolute favorite thing about blogging. Per usual, we got our outfits from Old Navy & I know I’ve said this before, but I love taking our whole little family in & watching everyone pick out different pieces for a fun family photo shoot! I love the Americana vibe from this shoot & think these pieces are perfect for summer. I’ll link everything below for you guys in case you’re in need of a few new looks to finish the summer out with. You guys know how much we love Old Navy, especially for the boys’ clothes, because they have the best deals & the clothes last for ages! Check out this post to see what I mean!

With that said, let’s dive into our summer plans!

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2018 Summer Bucket List

 

Bonfire on the beach

Bonfires have always been one of my favorite activities EVER. Growing up in Arizona we would have them in the middle of the desert & roast marshmallows & just have the best time. Now that we live in Orange County, we are close to beaches that allow bonfires & I can’t wait to take the boys & eat alllll the s’mores!

Road Trip

I grew up taking road trips my whole life & we’ve kept on with that tradition. Some people think we’re crazy to spend so much time in the car with 2 kids but some of my favorite memories are the adventures we’ve had on road trips together. I’m not sure where our road trip will be to this summer since Adam & I promised each other we wouldn’t make any travel plans for the months of July & August so the boys could get settled in our new place & not feel even more chaos. BUT I am excited for a little (or big) road trip to explore & have another fun adventure together as a family.

Disneyland

I think you could all probably guess who chose this one 🙂 BUT I’m very excited because Adam & I have made plans to do a Disneyland date without the boys as well! The last time we went to Disneyland without kids was when I was pregnant with Kannon & let’s be honest, I wasn’t very much fun in a wheelchair haha. We’re very lucky because we just moved even closer to Anaheim & so I’m sure we’ll be having many more Disneyland adventures in our future.

Backyard Camping

So technically we don’t have a full backyard but since we have a nice sized patio now, we thought it would be fun to set up a tent & let the boys experience camping in the only way I would enjoy camping haha. I won’t lie to you guys, I’ve done a lot of camping in my life & I just don’t love it. I’m terrified of bears & loathe insects! So the only way I truly enjoy camping is on the beach or in a backyard. Since Hendrix isn’t the best sleeper outside of his own crib, we thought “backyard camping” would be the perfect way to go about it.

Water Park

I should probably start researching our options for this one because the only water parks I know nearby are Knott’s Soak City & Legoland but I’m sure there are so many more options that I just don’t know about. We’ve been in a heat wave this past week so we will probably be doing this one very soon!

Farmer’s Market

I am so excited because I LOVE farmer’s markets & apparently, there are some really great ones here in Orange County! I’m thinking that we will probably do this one year round but I’m so excited to check out the ones down here & see what they have to offer!

Baseball Game

We’ve only taken Kannon to a baseball game a couple of times & he was pretty little both times so I doubt he even remembers them. Adam LOVES baseball & while it’s not my favorite sport to watch, a baseball game is always a fun time! Plus, Hendrix hasn’t ever been to one so I think this summer is the perfect time to go.

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Those are our big plans for the rest of the summer & I’m very excited to check each one off of our list! If you have a summer bucket list, let me know what you’re most excited for in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys!

 

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Weekly Vlog | Our Move + Life Update

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I’m so excited for you guys to see this weekly vlog! It has part of our move (including the cutest videos of Hendrix playing in the moving boxes) & us settling into our new apartment, which I hope you guys enjoy. This one is a bit long so grab a snack 🙂 Don’t worry though, I’m going to start splitting my vlogs up into 2 every week so that they won’t be as long. Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be the first to see future videos!

Please comment below if there are any specific videos or vlog style videos you want to see! 

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Father’s Day Plans

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How is Father’s Day already here!? This year is absolutely flying by & it’s freaking me out! Although I am beyond happy that it’s finally summer so bring on the beach & pool days! Seriously though, I can’t wait for all of the summer festivities to truly begin!

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Since we just moved last week, we weren’t able to go on a fun adventure for Father’s Day this year BUT that didn’t stop us from living out a tropical getaway here at home. How fun are these Old Navy prints? We’re obsessed! I love the little ‘Mini Me’ moment with Adam & Hendrix, it’s so adorable I can’t handle the cuteness! I also love how much Kannon loves picking out his own clothes these days. He loves going into Old Navy & choosing his favorite pieces. Seriously, these boys melt my heart on the daily!

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With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday, I thought it would be fun to share our favorite things to do on Father’s Day with you guys & hear what your traditions are in the comments below. We like to spend every holiday on some sort of adventure, whether that is on a trip or out & about here in LA. For Father’s Day this year we are embracing this warm weather & going to spend the afternoon having a picnic on the beach. To be honest, the beach is always our go-to because it’s our happy place. The boys are the most content when they’re playing in the sand & water, it amazes me how much the beach calms Hendrix (he’s our spirited little guy & always on the move)!

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If you’re still on the hunt for some fun summer clothes, don’t miss out on the sale Old Navy is having! Up to 50% off the entire store 6/11-6/19! You guys know we love Old Navy for the whole fam so we never miss out on these killer sales!

On a random note, I just pulled out a box of clothes from when Kannon was a size 2T for Hendrix & I found so many fun Old Navy pieces! It made me smile thinking of the fun memories we made with Kannon in those clothes & now we’ll be making so many more memories with Hendrix in the same pieces. My boys are growing up too fast guys, someone slow down time ASAP because Hendrix will be 2 this weekend and I’m freaking out a little!

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Enough of my random rant though, what are YOUR Father’s Day plans/traditions? Sound off in the comments!

*Special thanks to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!

Weekly Update | We Moved!

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We are officially in our new place & it feels SO GOOD!!! I honestly can’t explain to you how incredible it feels because I would have to try to explain how unhappy we were in our old place & nobody wants that haha. It’s just the most amazing feeling though & we are absolutely loving our new space so far! If you guys are interested, we will show you our new space once we get it a bit decorated & if you’re interested in seeing the progress along the way, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel because I’m going to start weekly vlogging!

Other than moving the past week, nothing else has really been going on… I know, super exciting weekly update! BUT I would love to take this time to hear from you guys & for you guys to comment below on the types of posts you would like to see (you can be as specific as you would like) because I’m beyond ecstatic to be back into the swing of things. I was in such a creative rut in our last place because things were stressful & this move has brought upon a fresh start for everything. So like I said, I will be back to blog posts & videos regularly now & I want to put out content that you guys are interested in. So please sound off in the comments below!

Thank you for following along on our crazy journey. I hope you’ll stick around for all of the fun to come! Without your guys’ love & support, I couldn’t be doing what I love & for that, I will always love & appreciate you guys. A million times THANK YOU! Stay tuned for a weekly update / weekly vlog every week to see what I’m up to!

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