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New Beginnings

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As I’m sitting here writing this, our upstairs neighbor is currently building a rocking chair… or a whole new apartment altogether… OR maybe they’re just banging a broomstick on the ground repeatedly. I’ll honestly never know! Although I get very tempted to walk up there & ask if they build things for a living or just like to drop things over and over and over again. Don’t worry, I’m a good neighbor & just let them be. Plus, I’m always a bit nervous it could become a Disturbia situation & no one wants that!

With all of that said though, we’ve been looking to move for quite some time (years to be more precise) & have spent the past year deciding on an area that we want to actually move to. &&& drum roll please… We FINALLY found an area we love & WE’RE MOVING!

Ah I’m so excited I can’t even begin to put my excitement into words! We have become so unhappy with the area we currently live in & have been counting down the days (literally) to get the heck out of here. We’re only moving a bit out of LA so we’ll still be close enough to pop into the city for meetings or to visit friends & such but we’re honestly just so excited!

So that’s basically what we’ve been up to lately. Sorry that I’ve been a bit MIA but with all of our travels & prepping for the move, I have been completely consumed with life lately. I’m thrilled though because we’re pretty much starting from scratch with home decor (except our new bedroom furniture) & I can’t wait to decorate our new space! We’re going to bring you guys along for the whole moving process with vlogs & posts so stay tuned for those coming in less than a month. Holy smokes… Less than a month!! I should probably think about packing at some point but for the meantime, here’s to new beginnings guys!

Now, I could use your guys help! What are your favorite home decor stores? Any small businesses you love that I could order online from? Sound off in the comments below, please! I’m terrible when it comes to home decor & could use all of the help I can get!

Hotel Bel-Air Staycation

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It’s a rare occasion for us to have a little staycation here in LA but after our stay at the Hotel Bel-Air, I think we’re going to change that! It’s so nice to get to experience your city from a whole new perspective. Even though we live 15 minutes from Bel-Air, we felt like we were in an entirely new place & the boys loved the opportunity to “get away” without having to travel far.

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We chose the Hotel Bel-Air through Ebates & it was the most genius thing we’ve ever done! Not only was the hotel choice perfect for us (if you’ve never been, add it to your list!) but we were able to get 10% Cash Back for Travel Thursday! This was my first time using Ebates for booking travel but I’m already looking for another hotel to book today because who can resist 10% Cash Back? I’ll find any excuse for an adventure. 🙂

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As you can probably tell from the photos (& if you saw my Instagram Stories), we had the most incredible stay at the Hotel Bel-Air! This was my first time staying there & I can’t get over how incredible the hotel, staff & environment was. From the second we pulled in, every member of the staff was beyond helpful & so kind to us AND the boys (which isn’t always the case with hotels & kids). The entire property is beautiful & we loved that it felt like we were staying at a large estate. With multiple grass areas, fountains & even swans, the boys were in heaven!

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Another favorite was the food (you didn’t think you would read about one of our adventures & not hear about the food, did you?!). You guys know I’m all about the food when we travel & I’m still dreaming about the blueberry pancakes with a side of potatoes I ate. Yes, they were that good!

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I also wanted to add a few little tips for staying in hotels with kids because we get asked this quite often. The goal when staying in a hotel with kids is to make them as comfortable as possible. It’s not always easy for little ones to be out of their home environment & so making them feel as “at home” as possible is a necessity. Over the past 5 years, we’ve figured out that bringing all their special nighttime things & keeping their nighttime routine the same makes the stay so much easier. For us, that includes a sound machine, the boys’ loveys (stuffed animals they sleep with every night) as well as their small soft blankets. Your kid’s favorite things might be a bit different but bringing a little piece of home with you to the hotel can make an incredible difference in your stay & is the perfect way to get kids used to travel!

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Now to sum up our stay in a few words… It was perfect. If you’re looking to book travel anytime soon, don’t miss out on 10% Cash Back at Ebates hotels and more, today only for Travel Thursday!

*Special thanks to Ebates & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post!

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Spring Picnic in the Park

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If you’ve been following along since the beginning of the year, you know that our goal was to have more family adventures. They didn’t need to be big adventures necessarily, we just wanted to make the most out of everyday. I feel like we’ve been doing a pretty good job with this but since life has been so busy, we wanted to plan a special day with just the four of us out in nature. Nature does the body gooooood!

My Gingham DressKannon’s Gingham ShirtKannon’s ShortsHendrix’s Tee ShirtAdam’s Shirt

Joules Blue Gingham Dress

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This spring picnic was such a fun time for all of us. Kannon decided that it was HIS picnic & the excitement was adorable. He literally woke up & the first thing he said was, “We’re going on a picnic today!!” & then proceeded to do a happy dance haha. We love to include the boys in these type of activities as much as possible so I took Kannon on a mommy/Kannon date to pick out all of the food for our picnic. To say he loved it is an understatement! He’s growing up so fast & it’s freaking me out! Hendrix also loved the picnic because he got to eat allll the snacks & run wild/free 🙂

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I’m going to be honest, I loved getting us all dressed up & I especially loved that I got to match with Kannon. I don’t have a little girl, so I will take any opportunity to match with my boys! The team behind Joules was so sweet to send us these outfits & I thought this picnic would be the perfect excuse to wear them. I’m loving this blue gingham print & I can guarantee I’ll be wearing this dress a ton this Spring/Summer. I mean, it has pockets guys! Plus, you can get 20% off your order at Joules with the code SHERIDAN so this is the perfect time for us to be twins in our matching dresses!

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If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family, go on a spring picnic! You obviously don’t have to set it up like this (unless you like to be extra like me :)) but just grab a big blanket & some snacks & get outside! I love this idea because it gets everyone outside & you can even do it in your backyard if you wanted. Kids are so easily entertained, especially when they’re outdoors & I can guarantee it will make for a great day!

What are your favorite activities for Spring/Summer? Comment below!

Valentines Day Family Photos

Our Valentine’s Day Plans

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I have all things red & pink on my mind. Who doesn’t love a good excuse to celebrate the ones we love?! I’m especially happy this year because I’m lucky enough to have THREE of the cutest valentines around! 🙂

Like I said above, I love a good reason to celebrate & I love any excuse to get coordinated outfits for all of us. How cute are these ‘Heartbreaker’ button-ups for the boys? I was obsessed the second I saw them & I loved that Kannon wanted to match with his brother. They look so adorable when they’re in matching clothes! Also, I’m obsessed with the fit of these jeans. They are beyond comfortable & I love the mix of different color denim together!

If you’re still in the market for some cute clothes for you & your family for Valentine’s Day (or spring in general), go check out Old Navy! They had such cute pieces for all of us & they always have the best deals. We’ll be headed back soon to pick out some more spring/summer clothes for the boys soon because it has been blazing hot here in Los Angeles lately. I can see a lot of beach days in our future!

As for our plans for Valentine’s Day, we’ll probably be spending the day on an adventure with the boys & then having a date night in when they go to sleep. Are we the only ones who love to have date nights in after the kids go to sleep? We love to order in (or make) food & watch movies cuddled up on our couch. Might sound basic to some but it’s our absolute favorite!

Do you guys have any fun Valentine’s Day plans?!

*Special thanks to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!

Staying Active With Your Kids

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We are really trying to start this New Year off with a great start & being active is one of our main priorities. Goodbye holiday weight!

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Our boys are obviously still quite young so our goal is to teach them to be active at this age & hope that it will stick with them throughout their lives. When being active is almost second nature, it makes it much easier to live a healthy lifestyle!

Honestly, getting our boys outdoors, running around & playing with them is one of my favorite things because they are just incredibly happy when they’re playing & out in nature. If you’re a parent, I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about! Kids are just meant to run & play! It’s not only good for their physical health but their mental health as well!

Now, I don’t know about you guys but we’re suuuper excited for the Olympics this year!! This will be the first Olympics Kannon can actually watch & understand so that makes it even more exciting for our household. He’s always fascinated by people playing sports & is obsessed with running fast so I can’t wait to see his reaction to these incredible athletes performing! With that said, we loved heading into Old Navy & picking out our favorite Team USA pieces. You guys know that we love Old Navy because it’s the perfect one stop shop for our whole family & new active wear was the perfect motivation for getting out & about! Plus, Old Navy is having an incredible sale (20% off everything today!) that you DO NOT want to miss! Seriously, it’s that good!

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Is being more active one of your goals/resolutions? Are you excited for the Olympics?

 

 

My Outfit:

USA Tank Top

Black Long Sleeve Open Back Top

Black Leggings

Sports Bra

Adam’s Outfit:

Long Sleeve USA Zip Up

Grey Sweatpants

Kannon’s Outfit:

Red USA Tee

Navy Pants

Navy Zip Up

Hendrix’s Outfit:

Red & White Baseball Tee

Navy Leggings

*Special thanks to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!

I hope you all enjoyed this post about staying active with your kids 🙂

 

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How-To Change Your Mindset

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When I started thinking of ways I could make this year great, the words ‘slow down’ immediately popped into my head. It was honestly like magic & in that moment, I knew that was exactly what I wanted (& needed) to do. The past year left me feeling tired, weak, completely barren of creativity & with the New Year approaching, I was ready for a new start. The second the clock chimed on January 1st, I was determined to make some changes!

I have full intentions to make this year wonderful. That’s not to say that I won’t have trials or hard times but I know that a major shift in attitude can alter my life in a drastic way. I realize we’re only a week into the New Year but I honestly feel like a new person & I feel so much more capable to handle whatever life throws at me. Which brings me to the whole point of this post: What exactly I’m doing different! & honestly, I think you’ll be surprised by the large impact a few small changes can have on your life.

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Self-Care

How come society makes us feel weak or like we’re not doing enough if we take some time for ourselves? It drives me crazy how we are expected to go a million miles per minute & accomplish 596 things every single day or else we’re just not trying hard enough! I think that the constant stress of trying to keep everything in my life perfect was slowly driving me insane. I hit a point where I just couldn’t do it anymore & I’m so happy to let you guys in on a little secret.. The world will keep turning, even if you take 30 minutes to just be still, read a book, take a bath, or whatever makes you happy! & guess what?! That time you spent on yourself might actually make you feel human again & in turn, make you feel productive enough to tackle that to-do list (or whatever you were putting off)! In all seriousness though, don’t forget about YOU. Take care of yourself! It is so much more important to keep your body & mind healthy than to just rush through life filling every second of everyday with mundane things. Life is far too short to not enjoy it!

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Being Present

This has been a long time coming & finding the book “Present Over Perfect” was the kicker for me. Balancing working from home, being a full time mom & homeschooling Kannon has proven to be overwhelming at times. I knew that would be the case when we decided to homeschool but we thought long & hard/prayed over that decision for over a year (I’ll save that story for another time) & so I knew that I would manage somehow. It’s hard to work, teach school & be a family all out of the same space. It’s not impossible but it does take patience & a bit of planning. The hardest thing for me over the past year was shutting off my work mind & really being present with my boys & husband. I felt like I was missing out on so many moments just because I wasn’t “present” & since my family is my #1 priority, I knew that needed to change. While I still have my moments here & there (I’ve been practicing this one for the past couple of months), I’ve really been trying to separate my mom life from my work life & I can see such a difference in everyone’s moods. I love putting my phone away & concentrating 100% on my boys! I know they have noticed a major difference as well & that makes me a happy momma 🙂

Simplifying

When we moved home from NYC before Hendrix was born I had a major wake up call. We had too many things & they were actually stressing me out! I’m the type of person who’s brain can’t function properly if things in my home aren’t in order. Might sound a bit dramatic but especially as a creative mind, it’s truly hard for me to get work done when I’m surrounded by clutter. So ever since we’ve been back in our apartment here in LA (yes, Hendrix is 18 months old so it’s been a while haha), I’ve been slowly clearing out closets & getting rid of SO many things. & then when I think I’m finally finished, I realize I still have too many things & start all over again. It’s been a major process but I can honestly say that life runs a whole lot smoother when you don’t have so many things to clutter your space & in turn, your mind. It’s been a very freeing process!

I know that these may seem like very broad intentions but they are already changing my mood, my work & my life in general. Like I said before, it’s not always necessary to make a million changes or set an entire list of goals for the New Year. For me, it’s all about changing my mind set & using each day as a fresh start. We’ll all have ups & downs this year but with a different mindset, we’ll make it through!

I’d love to know what goals/resolutions/intentions you all made this year! Comment below if you’re comfortable sharing 🙂

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Into The Wild

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Our favorite time of the year has finally arrived! The temperature has dropped & we’ve already taken our second trip to the mountains. We headed a couple of hours out of LA for a little getaway in the mountains & it felt so good to get out of the city. We all are so much happier when we get outdoors, so I think you could say this holiday season is off to the perfect start!
family photo outfitsSince we would be in the perfect setting, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to take a few family photos. How adorable are all of my boys in their matching buffalo plaid!? I couldn’t resist these little Sherpa & plaid jackets for the boys from Old Navy. All 3 of them were so excited to be matching & I’m not exaggerating when I say that they’ve been wearing these everyday since they arrived because they are beyond cozy. They’re the perfect pop of color for these photos too!
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I am obsessed with the Sherpa trend right now & Old Navy has the cutest pieces for the whole family. We’re already planning another trip to the mountains for more of an excuse to bundle up in these comfy pieces! Also, you guys might not be able to tell from the photos but these are the softest jeans I’ve ever worn & I legitimately can’t stop wearing them. I’m all about comfort AND style when it comes to our fall/winter wardrobes, it’s so important!
family holiday photo idea father and son photo ideas couples holiday photosIf you’re in search of the perfect gifts for family & friends, check out these Sherpa pieces! They would make the perfect gift to cozy up in all winter long 🙂

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Special thanks to Old Navy for sponsoring this post!

 

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Life Updates & Disneyland

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The past two weeks have been nuts! So many different things have been going on from family in town to doctors appointments that I figured I would just give you a little update.

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I’ve had multiple doctors appointments, ultrasounds & CT scans for random lumps & bumps that my doctors discovered over the past few months. Don’t worry, everything is looking good! I just have to monitor them & go back in another 3-6 months to make sure they’re not growing. For now, though, they all have remained the same size & are benign. A little PSA for all you girls & women out there, make sure & stay up on your annual check ups & breast checks with your OBGYN. I know so many girls my age who have had lumps found in their breasts & while most of them are benign, it’s important to find those things early just in case they could be something more serious. Not trying to scare you at all, just trying to encourage you all to stay up on your appointments because I was pretty bad at staying up on mine until I got pregnant with Kannon 🙂

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My brother & sister in law were in town last week with their three kids & we had the best time. We miss them so much now that they live in Utah & any chance we can all get together is the best. We spent a couple of days at Disneyland, which was so exciting but also SO exhausting. I always forget how tiring multiple days at Disneyland are! Don’t get me wrong, I love Disneyland more than most but it’s a lot of walking around with multiple kids in tow. I loved that we split up the days though so we only went to one park per day instead of park hopping both days. We also spent a day in Malibu and if you guys follow us on social media, you know that Malibu is one of our favorite places to go during Spring/Summer. I highly recommend eating at Malibu Farm on the pier & doing a beach day either before or after. Make sure & bring a sweater/jacket though because it can get cold on the pier with the wind.

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I think we all suffered from exhaustion from everything that we did last week because our entire little family ended up with the flu for the past 5 days. That probably has to do with our immune systems being down from lack of sleep &, not the healthiest diet (who can turn down churros at Disneyland!? Not this girl!). All in all, though, we’ve been having far too much fun & are ready to be back to “normal life” for the next couple of weeks before our next trip 🙂

 

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Family Holiday Pajamas

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Macy's Cyber Monday Macy's Family Pajamas Adam Gregory Holiday Family Pajamas Matching Family Pajamas Macys Pajamas Macy's Pajama Sale Holiday PajamasIt’s the holiday season & I am so unbelievably excited, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! This truly is my favorite time of the year for so many reasons. This time of year we get to spend so much time with our loved ones & honestly, there is nothing better than that! Although Christmas pajamas take a very close second 🙂

Christmas pajamas have been a tradition in my family my entire life & it’s one of my favorite traditions that I’ve continued with our little family! Every Christmas Eve we sleep in our Christmas pajamas & it’s so much fun waking up Christmas morning with them on. Plus, matching pajamas makes for THE cutest photos! When we all tried these pajamas on, my heart melted seeing my two boys matching. This is Hendrix’s first Christmas & my heart nearly burst picturing my boys together for their first big holiday as brothers!

Back to these perfect matching family pajamas though! You all know Macy’s is my go-to shopping destination for every occasion if you read this post. But Macy’s has THE best pajama selection for the whole family (dogs included!) & they make finding family pajamas so easy. They have a great selection and best of all, they’re having an incredible Cyberweek promotion for 65% off when your purchase 2 or more sets & 50% off if you purchase 1 set. That is seriously such a great deal & family pajamas make the perfect gift as well. So if you’re in the market for family pajamas, head on over to Macy’s because I’m obsessed with all of the different prints & styles (hello, footie pajamas!!) & you can find these family pajamas only at Macy’s!

I would love to know, do you have a family pajama tradition!? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you to Macy’s and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own 🙂

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A Little Love Note For My Love

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This post was sponsored by Hallmark Signature through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write this post, all opinions are 100% my own.Adam GregoryWhen thinking back on this year, I instantly think of the many changes that occurred and how I managed to stay sane through it all. I’m going to be completely honest with you guys, some days were hard and ended in tears (I’m blaming pregnancy hormones for most of those days though ;)).

Hallmark Holiday CardsCouple's PhotosMost days were wonderful though and full of adventures with my favorite people. Those adventures will be remembered for a long time to come and will forever be some of my favorite memories. This year was one of the most eventful years of my life and I’m grateful for every experience. Whether they were good or hard, each and every experience helped me grow as an individual.

To be honest though, I don’t think I would have made it through this past year so graciously if it weren’t for my husband, Adam. When thinking about this entire past year (and the past seven and a half years), there was never a moment that he wasn’t there for me. From the many trips to the store for ice chips when I was so sick from pregnancy, to the many times I was homesick in NYC and he managed to put a smile on my face. So, I hope this doesn’t embarrass you babe but I’m dedicating this post to you! 🙂

Love note to your husbandFamily Holiday PhotosI’m so unbelievably thankful to have you by my side. There are so many moments that I just sit back and think about how lucky I am to have you as my forever, my partner in crime and the best daddy to our two little boys. Our life together has been full of ups & downs, as most people’s lives are but I wouldn’t want to do this thing called “life” without you by my side. I hope you loved the Hallmark Signature card that I chose for you (& the fact that it doubles as a Christmas ornament!). I loved seeing your face light up when I gave it to you!

Thank you for encouraging me daily to pursue the things I love and am passionate about. Without your help and encouragement, I might have never had the courage to start this blog. You’re the best photographer and videographer a girl could ever wish for and you’re SO much more than an “instagram husband”. 🙂

Thank you for loving me (despite my flaws) and for helping me through every obstacle we’ve ever faced together. Life isn’t always easy but I’m so thankful to have your love and support for the difficult times.

Thank you for loving our boys more than anything and for raising them to be loving, strong, faithful, respectful and all of the wonderful qualities you’re helping instill in them. They both love you so much and seeing you three together melts my heart.

Thank you for living a Christ centered life & for helping us have a Christ centered family.

Thank you for being willing to help anyone and everyone without expecting anything in return. Your kindness motivates me to be a better person on the daily.

Thank you for everything. I love you forevers and evers! 🙂

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