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I’m all about free printables and Valentines without candy this year. It’s fun to add little trinkets to Valentines.

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I’m excited to share a whole bunch of fabulous free printable Valentines for you here today. Simply click on the image to be redirected to the page where you can download them.

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I love that there is something for everyone here.  Read More »


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How-to guide for creating and keeping amazing female friendships after kids

I’m so excited to share this detailed how-to guide for female friendships after kids. Grab a cup of coffee and I’ll share my infinite wisdom with you. ;)

How-to have amazing female friendships after kids, a step by step guide:

  1. Simply schedule a happy hour, coffee date or weekend away with your female friends. Easy peasy! Right?!
  2. Cancel scheduled event due to a sick kid, lack of babysitter or any number of other things that will likely come up.
  3. Text, email and keep up on Facebook because that’s about as good as it gets most days.
  4. Give up on your idea of what a female friendship should be.
  5. Embrace that an “amazing female friendship” after kids is one that allows for all of the things that happen without guilt and you still pick up where you left off if/when you finally get together. When you get together, it will likely be with kids.

OK, I’m NO expert at keeping friendships strong after kids. That title is a total lie! I’m sorry. So sorry. Kids add a crazy amount of joy, love, amazing living in the moment type of moments, gratitude and so much more to my life. And my children are two of three loves of my life. Nothing will change that.

But…

Kids change marriage. And kids change friendships. In a big way, am I right? It’s no longer easy. Actually, it’s super complicated to do something as simple as grab dinner and a cocktail with a girlfriend. We have to work around bedtimes, dinner times, family plans, guilt (damn guilt) and more. Oh and driving 20 miles to meet a friend feels like such a hassle, doesn’t it? We tend to just spend our time with friends who are closer and more convenient because of this. Read More »


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Easy breakfast ideas. Quaker Oatmeal Protein packed coconut honey sunbutter breakfast bowl recipe

I’ve talked a lot about my journey to a healthier me in recent weeks and months. Eating a protein-packed and delicious breakfast is a part of my focus this year. Finding great easy breakfast ideas isn’t easy. I don’t have much time in mornings like most moms of little ones (and heck, like everyone, am I right?). Because to this, I often wait way too long to eat breakfast and then find myself famished causing me to overeat or eat something with less nutrition.

Easy breakfast ideas. Quaker Oatmeal Protein packed coconut honey sunbutter breakfast bowl recipe

Today I have a great breakfast solution. And it is SO delicious. I’m sharing the easiest 5-ingredient, protein-packed coconut honey oatmeal bowl.

Easy breakfast ideas. Quaker Oatmeal Protein packed coconut honey sunbutter breakfast bowl recipe

Oatmeal is such a great breakfast for our family. We eat it a few days a week, but we’ve been getting tired of the plain jane stuff. While oatmeal does have a bit of protein and quite a bit of fiber, I loved adding even more protein so the meal stuck with me longer. And that’s exactly what I did.

Easy breakfast ideas. Quaker Oatmeal Protein packed coconut honey sunbutter breakfast bowl recipe

I love that this could easily be a one bowl meal. I put all of the ingredients in individual bowls, but you could easily just take things right out of the package and put them in your bowl. Perfection! Read More »


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top Big Game party ideas, Eat, dip, sip plus free printable banner

The Big Game is coming up and I put together an easy and fun Eat, Sip, Dip party for game day using SNICKERS®, Skittles®, Pepsi™, and TOSTITOS® chips and salsa.

Big Game party ideas, Eat, dip, sip plus free printable banner

I love creating parties and entertaining ideas that are quick, easy and delicious!

Big Game party ideas, Eat, dip, sip plus free printable banner

Hosting friends for the big game is my favorite! It’s all about the food, but fun, festive and easy decor never hurts.

Big Game party ideas, Eat, dip, sip plus free printable banner

I went with a color palette of black, white, green and brown. I kept it dark and moody and created simple printable banners to showcase my food station with EAT, DIP and SIP. Free printable EAT, DIP, SIP banners are available for printing here.

Big Game party ideas, Eat, dip, sip plus free printable banner

Creating three tasty and fun dips with SNICKERS®, Skittles®, Pepsi™, TOSTITOS® chips and salsa for game day was fast and tasty. I love focusing on one or two things for a party and this focus on dips was something new for me.

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Rules for healthier living, packing my gym bag and free printables (3 of 6)

I have been pretty focused on healthier living since June. It’s not perfect and I still eat treats and have a pretty manageable diet, nothing too harsh, but making healthier choices and making sure I have good snacks with me really makes me feel more energetic and able to keep up with my boys.

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Keeping up with these guys is definitely a task, but it’s one that’s so important, I had to take action.

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In late June/early July I began running every single day. Exercise has changed me physically, but more importantly, mentally. It’s given me clarity and energy. I love fueling my days with tasty snacks that help me achieve my goals. And my number one goal is definitely having more energy, especially in the winter when the clouds and early darkness can make it hard to feel peppy.

Rules for healthier living, packing my gym bag and free printables (4 of 6)

I followed these “rules” for taking my energy level from goodness to greatness for months when I was trying to get back in shape and thought I’d share them with you.

Before I do that, I have to share this sweepstakes with you!

You can win the goodnessknows® sweepstakes by submitting a photo or quote for a chance to win one of two $500 gift cards up for grabs each week for three weeks (started yesterday, Jan. 18).
2016 #TryALittleGoodness Sweepstakes

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Valentine's Day gift ideas and accessories for a baby

Valentine's Day ideas for baby

 

Just a quick post today. I wanted to share a few cute Valentine’s inspired baby items with you today. More to come for toddlers and adults. Have a great weekend.

Comotomo bottle– $22.99 for two

Little Giraffe Limited Edition Mini G Plush Toy + Blanky– $53.99

Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket–  $69.00

Olivine- Love + Peace Bath– $24.00

Lulujo- Hugs & Kisses swaddle- $18.99

Lulujo- Love and Hearts Gift Set– $39.99


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Adding my unique spring style to our home

 

I’m so excited to share our new fashion-forward gallery wall and a couple of quick spring updates around our home today with the help of Moto X Pure Edition Jonathan Adler Phones.

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My home is definitely my favorite version of self expression. Changing our home in small ways for different seasons is something I enjoy immensely. I’ve started finding myself drawn to bright simple yet playful patterns and textures and anything mixed with white. Jonathan Adler Phones are just that. Simple yet strikingly beautiful patterns that add a fun pop of color to our lives. I think my gallery wall and a few other spaces here do that too. Ready?! Here goes.  Read More »


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Free printable: i belong with you pink printable

I’ve been working on a gallery wall and knew I wanted this phrase included. “I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart.” The song Ho Hey by The Lumineers is one I sang to Ezra since the day he was born.

i belong with you free downloadable print

I couldn’t find a print I loved for our gallery wall so I made one and I wanted to share it with you. I’ve included six version of this free printable with the lyrics from The Lumineers for you to choose from. This is a fun addition for Valentine’s Day , or if you’re like me, it will stay up all year. You can print this in full color up to an 8×10 without losing quality.





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Our holiday home

2015 was a big year for me professionally and a joyful year for me personally. I wanted to share a few highlights with you.

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I started 2015 off with two goals.

One was to start working with professional photographers on more of my styled editorial shoots for Live the Fancy Life and for other publications. I was able to make that happen many times in 2015 thanks to brands understanding the value that is added with professional photos. I hope to do this even more in 2016.

The other thing I shared early in 2015 with close professional groups was that I wanted to focus more on home design and decor and that it was a dream for me to do a room with a brand. In 2015, I’m so proud to say that we worked with brands on three rooms in our house. Check out our laundry room, guest room and office!

So, from January through December, here are a few of our highlights.

We worked with a great company on our laundry room.

A bright mint and marble laundry room makeover with Carpet One

Our laundry room was featured on I Heart Organizing.

A bright mint and marble laundry room makeover with Carpet One

I lost the rest of my baby weight between June and October and made exercise a daily part of my life. While the weight loss is nice, I have so much mental clarity from exercise. Left: 8 days postpartum. Photo by Leah Fontaine. Middle: Ezra’s 1st birthday party, just days before I set out to lose the last 20 pounds. Right: November. Last two photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography.

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Home design style

Every year, right after Christmas, I get the itch to brighten up, freshen up and tidy up our home. I’m ready to let go of Christmas decor and I’m ready to start adding springy elements even though Spring is months away.

As we slowly furnish/finish our home in a more permanent way, I’ve learned something about myself.

While I can appreciate so many styles, my style is more simple, classic and traditional than I ever would’ve guessed. The more I embrace that, the less I regret my buying decisions. I’ve had some big “mistakes” in our home including our formal living room (the furniture was all too small), our buffet (I’m just not a midcentury modern girl even though I love it when I see it) and some art. What is your style?

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I’ve learned that I love traditional finishes. I’ve learned that our foyer table is the one spot in our home that is exactly “me” when it comes to design style.

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I love the clean white combined with some traditional finishes like the legs on the table and I love all of the pops of color and texture in the frames, plus images and phrases that hold meaning for our family.

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If my design style could be summed up in one word, it would be “Fresh.” I have started asking myself if the object, art, item I’m about to purchase feels/looks fresh. If the answer is no, it goes back on the shelf. When I say “fresh,” I don’t mean that it’s original or new. I just mean that it feels fresh and bright and light.  Read More »