Quick SoCal Family Getaway ๐ŸŒต

Quick SoCal Family Getaway ๐ŸŒต

This family vacation was one for the books! So many wonderful memories captured, thanks to my love Mike ๐Ÿ’“. Our stay was last minute, booked 2 weeks prior. I had requested time off from work knowing I wanted to go somewhere with the family, I just didnโ€™t know where. I was long overdue to get away, and what a perfect getaway it was.

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Motherโ€™s Day ๐Ÿ’

Motherโ€™s Day ๐Ÿ’

This year marked my 4th official Motherโ€™s Day, but my 1st Motherโ€™s Day I felt as confident as the mother that I have evolved into today. I say it proud. I feel it proud. I am proud. Nobody can tell me I cannot do something when I have birthed these two lives, which have both almost taken mine. But I am here living and breathing fire.

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Home Office Space Ideas for Working Moms ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Home Office Space Ideas for Working Moms ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿ’ป

At the start of this year I was granted the opportunity with my current company to continue my position as a Senior Financial Analyst, with the added flexibility to work from home around my own hours. As equally as I express my appreciation of being given this gift, I also have to celebrate myself ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. In my 10 year career as a financial analyst I have worked aggressively and tirelessly to get to where I am, and I am rather proud of my accomplishments. I have proven my value through my unwavering work ethic, quality of my work, and one of a kind skill set. This does not go undeserving or one sidedly as a favor upon me, but truly, as a mutually beneficial arrangement between my employer and I. What I’m most grateful for is not only do I get to continue to do what I love, but also, my kids get more of me. Their childhood has been changed forever, which will shape the rest of their lives and who they become as adults, and to me, that is priceless. I will be forever indebted, and will continue to show my gratitude through my merits and continued relationships with those I work with โœจ.

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Thank You 2017 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Thank You 2017 ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

I know weโ€™re week three into the new year, and this post may seem a little tardy haha, but I’ve been adjusting to a new routine and also, mom life ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. I wanted to reflect on the wonderful year I had in 2017. In the past I’ve always been so quick to close the door on another year, and start fresh in the new year, but I wanted to show my gratitude to 2017. It was such an accomplishing year for me. There were so many blessings. I birthed a baby, birthed a blog, blossomed in my role as a mother (of now two), and fulfilled one of my career long dreams.

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Comfort Design Mats โ˜๏ธ

Comfort Design Mats โ˜๏ธ

Currently packing away all the holiday decor, and last minute decide to spruce up my home decor a bit because… new year, new me right haha ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ! Part of my mini home decor makeover was receiving our stylish, cushioned play mat from Comfort Design Mats. What a great product this is!

When I received this mat and laid it out to give it a try, I was impressed. It was nicely packaged, there were no harsh chemical smells out of the box, and no kinks or wrinkles. It flattened out nice and quickly and the product itself came as pictured as it was on their website. Continue reading “Comfort Design Mats โ˜๏ธ”

Date Night In ๐ŸŒน

Date Night In ๐ŸŒน

As working parents with little ones itโ€™s certainly challenging to โ€œdate your spouseโ€. However, weโ€™re pretty fortunate to have our kids on a really good routine that theyโ€™re usually in bed by 8pm. This leaves the rest of the night to ourselves ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป. With that precious time we always try and make an effort to reconnect and catch up with each other, and essentially, have a date night in at home ๐Ÿ™‚.

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Family Photoshoot 2017 ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

Family Photoshoot 2017 ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

Over Thanksgiving weekend I rounded up the cavalry for a casual family photoshoot. I’ve been meaning to share this on the blog, but have been super busy with work as itโ€™s my busy season with my companyโ€™s budgetย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Also, without realizing, I took on some side contract work because I have a problem with saying no ๐Ÿ˜‘. Sometimes I donโ€™t know what I get myself into haha! You feel me?!ย Iโ€™ve also been feeling guilty for neglecting my blog, but prioritizing my time as a working mom of two little ones is not easy. Sleep always wins ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. I promise (you and myself) that I’ll get back on it in the next coming weeks! Iโ€™ve already got some stuff brewing!

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The Lights Festival 2017 ๐Ÿฎ

The Lights Festival 2017 ๐Ÿฎ
Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

This past weekend Mike planned the most amazing birthday surprise for me. I’ve known for weeks that we were going somewhere, but it’s my busy season at work and I honestly haven’t had any time to think about it, let alone, have any kind of excitement towards it. So that entire day was the first time I actually felt the anticipation, eagerness, and joy during the build up. I didn’t know where we were going up until we got there and I saw “The Lights” sign and then my excitement hit its peak. I was overjoyed. This was something that was on my bucket list.

We arrived pretty early to enjoy the festival fun. As you can see below, we started off with double fists of beer, moved along to fill our bellies with food truck treats, and then proceeded to do what everyone else seemed to be doing… have a mini desert landscape photoshoot haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ย ! What was notย pictured here was Mike trucking along (with his two hands) 2 heavy camping chairs, umbrella and stand, our bag of snacks, and blanket from the car to the hour long line we waited in, and to our spot further inside the festival. In hindsight, a wagon would’ve been nice. I will also mention, I was toldย to wear a sweater in what felt like 85 degrees. I make a point to say this as a tip to the next man that is thinking about planning a surprise for their significant other because we all know woman are just more organized and prepared ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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Papa’s Motorhome ๐Ÿš

Papa’s Motorhome ๐Ÿš

In our family, Sundays are for Papaโ€™s Motorhome. Mikeโ€™s grandpa (aka Papa) purchased his Motorhome in 1997, and since then it has been filled with many family gatherings and memories. Itโ€™s kind of crazy to see the multiple generations of grandchildren (and now great grandchildren) that have spent their childhood there. Every Sunday Mikeโ€™s grandparents take it to the Bay and we will either spend the day there, or make an effort to at least stop by when weโ€™re out and about. Mike loved it as a kid, our son looks forward to it every weekend, and Iโ€™m sure our daughter will grow to enjoy it.

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DIY No Sew, No Dent Baby Bow Headband ๐ŸŽ€

DIY No Sew, No Dent Baby Bow Headband ๐ŸŽ€

Itโ€™s funny to me being a second time mom. My daughter turns 6 months old tomorrow (halfway to 1 years old ๐Ÿ˜ฑ) and I laugh because when my son was that age I already had like 20 hand sewn soft soled baby shoes I made for him ๐Ÿคฃ. Itโ€™s definitely more difficult to do DIY projects with 2 little ones now, but Iโ€™m determined to get them in at least monthly.

Happy 6 months, Harlow Reese โœจ

You have been such an easygoing, joyful baby. Every time you smile you make my day shine brighter. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I love you, babydoll!

Hereโ€™s a DIY No Sew, No Dent Baby Bow Headband. Best part is, it only takes about 10 minutes to make!

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