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Spring time always has me feeling giddy to spend hours outside enjoying our short sunshine filled seasons!

We installed the teeniest tiniest patio last year and we LOVE it! It fits our dinner table and grill just fine. It has made summer so lovely. We enjoy dinner outside many days each week when we used to be stuck inside for dinner time. But, we’ve found that we haven’t always had enough space to host—no place to set food and drinks, for example. I’ve been on the hunt for an outdoor bar cart for more than a year, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune, I wanted the design to be simple and modern and something that would last for years in terms of style. I also wanted it to be a piece that could be put away when not in use since the patio is so small.


When I first saw the hot pink and bright blue bar carts/patio carts at a store I frequent, I loved them and although the colors were pretty I couldn’t imagine having one of those colors for a piece we would use nearly daily. I’m not a fan of paying full price for something I have to paint myself. So when a slightly damaged one (mostly just minor scratches and scuffs) was marked down at one of the three stores I frequent, I knew I had to get it and make it my own with EasyCare paint from True Value.

EasyCare® Premium Décor Spray Enamel is a fast-drying, durable, rust-inhibiting aerosol paint. It provides great coverage on indoor or outdoor furniture, primed wood or metal, plastic and more— in beautiful decorator colors. Whether you’re refreshing old patio furniture or crafting with the family, Premium Décor has you covered.

I’ve long been a fan of using spray paint to achieve the look I desire, but I haven’t taken the time to do that in a while. I forgot how simple it can be and how dramatic the results often are. And while the blue cart is certainly beautiful and could work for many people. It’s just not my style. Read More »


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Mother’s Day is such a wonderful time to show love to all of the women in our lives. For many moms, sleeping in followed by a sweet breakfast in bed is the perfect start to the day. If I’m being honest, an entire day in bed sounds pretty great too.

Today I’m sharing a few ideas for Mother’s Day plus free Mother’s Day breakfast in bed prints with FedEx OfficeFedEx Office.

I put together a cute Mother’s Day breakfast set-up that is easy to replicate and could be used for any special mom in our lives. I’ve even included a printable party pack with everything you need for that special breakfast in bed including a cake topper, silverware wrap, mini mother’s day card and a customizable menu card.

Head over to the FedEx Office Out of Office Blog to download your free Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed PrintsFedEx Office Out of Office Blog to download your free Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed Prints.


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I’m so excited to share today’s post with you. In partnership with FedEx Office, I created a simple spring cleaning and decluttering checklist plus loads of ideas on how to get started.

Spring cleaning and decluttering our home are the best ways to start the new season for me. We love removing all sorts of extras from our home to get a nice fresh start.

Sometimes spring cleaning and decluttering our homes can get overwhelming though, right? I’ve heard from so many friends that they struggle with many things such as where to begin, what to focus on and how to get rid of all of the items they no longer need. Do they sell it? Keep it? Give it to family? Donate it?
We’ve got you covered today with tips for removing items and a free spring cleaning and decluttering checklist which will help you focus on smaller projects in each room of your home this year.
Head over to the FedEx Office Out of Office blog for the free printable Spring Cleaning and Decluttering checklist plus all of our tips.
Middle photo by Sabrina Reis Photography.


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I love photographing fresh 1-year-old babes for their birthdays with a smash cake. I’ve found that while it’s probably most often best to hire someone (I did Ezra’s and it was a bit chaotic for just me), sometimes our budgets don’t allow it, right?

Professional photographers will always get us better results, but I know that in reality, parents often have to take their own photos and the smash cake is a fun time for parents to capture their little ones. I wanted to share some tips for making a fun, bright and colorful smash cake session at home.

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Spring is in the air. Even after a mild winter, I welcome spring in a big way. I love opening our windows, letting in breeze and sunlight. We replace our winter potted greenery with bright pink flowers. Our holiday wreath comes down and up goes a bright green boxwood. There is so much goodness in the season of spring. It’s a great time to change up our homes and is the best time to get outside with little ones.


Spring break is right around the corner too and while it would be wonderful if the weather was perfect for long park playdates and picnics every day during the break, it will likely rain or be cold for some portion of the week. If you are like us, you might be staying home for spring break this year. We took our Hawaii vacation last month so we’ll be exploring local parks, museums, visit family and enjoy plenty of cooking and craft time inside over spring break this year.

My son loves to do crafts and family projects so I put together a few ideas for spring break projects over on the FedEx Out of Office blog. They are easy things we can do and included a fun free printable spring coloring sheet. I love that it’s pretty enough to be an art print too. We added it to our gallery wall. Read More »


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Hey hey! We have another layer of snow here in Minneapolis, but I’m thinking spring in a big way. I’ve spent a lot of time lately decluttering our home and only keeping things we love and use. It got me thinking about the things that I have that stand the test of time or that truly do an outstanding job so that I use them often. I wanted to share a few of my favorite springy things/activities with you today that I love and that will always have a place in my little world.

  1. Boxwood wreath. I’ve had this one forever! I use it year after year. Maybe you have an old wreath in your basement that could be used for spring so you don’t have to buy a new one. My point is that when you buy something you love and something that is classic, you may use it over and over and over again, never being tempted to buy something new as a season changes. This will reduce clutter and spending. Invest in the good stuff and invest once. :)
  2. Amazing lip stain. This one is  just the best. I found it about a year ago through a friend of a friend and couldn’t believe how long it stayed on or how it felt. I also wear their mascara which I recommend for a bit more length and volume, but the lip stain is truly the best!
  3. Whole bean coffee. Grinding our own coffee in our high speed blender has changed our coffee game. I’m rarely tempted to go to a coffee shop for my daily (or twice daily if I’m being honest) cup of joe!
  4. Good quality rain boots. I’ve had the same pair for three years now and wear them daily in the spring, often in the summer and quite a bit in fall and winter too.
  5. Audible. As much as I LOVE reading a good hard copy book, I just don’t have the time I used to and I’m so over having tons of stuff everywhere. I still have a book at all times that I’m truly reading before bed (I’ve been trying to borrow, trade or use the library), but to take in information, I use audible.
  6. Basic black cross body bag. I bought one three years ago and haven’t replaced it since. I was recently chatting with a good friend while she looked for her next bag and we both said that while I can appreciate fabulous colorful purses or different styles of handbags, I gravitate towards simple and don’t change mine out. Investing in one basic one that goes with everything is a win in my book.

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Vacation really gave me a new perspective on life. I came home feeling rejuvenated and excited to live more simply. I’m tired of trying to have the perfect house and perfect parties. I’m tired of spending my time accessorizing my home and changing it up for the seasons. I’m tired of all of the waste—trash and stuff we simply don’t use. I’m tired of spending my time cleaning up toys and dishes and clothes instead of focusing on those I love.

We’ve taken the first steps towards minimalism. The word is such a turn-off for many and I’ll try not to use it excessively, but for me, it means getting rid of anything and everything we don’t need or love. I love a bright well decorated home, so I won’t be removing my gallery wall or lamps that make our house feel complete. But every drawer, closet, space is on the cutting block. I’ve almost completed the kitchen, going cabinet by cabinet and choosing what stays and what goes in a brutal way. Most things go. We simply don’t need serving dishes or random mugs I once used for a photo shoot or water bottles we never grab or old coffee makers we may use again, but don’t ever touch or … the list goes on and on. Read More »


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Traveling always makes me want to clear out my house. I realize how little I need to be ok and how simple design can be the most restorative, especially in the bedroom. We’ve had our master bedroom on our list of rooms to “do” for a long time and we haven’t touched it since moving in five years ago next month.

I’ve had waves of inspiration for this room from uber modern/midcentury modern to very beachy to all white to navy and so many other ideas in between including wallpaper, cool finishes and interesting paint colors.

I’m feeling inspired by our trip to Hawaii. I love the soft colors and textures that we saw and experienced. Brightness is always important to me in our home and our bedroom has a lot of beautiful natural light.

We’re still a ways out from making change. The most important feature for us in our bedroom is practicality. We just recently removed all toys and children’s books from our room and it made a huge positive impact for us. We know we’ll always want some kind of rocking or gliding chair. We love using it with the kids and I enjoy it on my own with a cup of coffee or hot tea too. We’d like a King size bed and even though it’s a big no no to some, we want our TV in the room. I LOVE curling up on a Friday or Saturday night after the kids go to bed and watch a good movie, falling asleep whenever I desire. Read More »


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We’re back from our fabulous vacation in Hawaii and it’s time to get ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow! I love putting together fun Valentine’s Day crafts with my kids and especially enjoy helping them find the perfect Valentine’s Day cards to bring to school.

My youngest son is obsessed with dinosaurs. While I can find store-bought fierce dinosaur Valentine’s Day cards, they didn’t feel like a good fit for my fun-loving 2.5-year-old to bring to his Montessori school friends who are all toddlers. I wanted something playful, colorful and fun. In partnerships with FedEx Office, we put together a page filled with adorable, colorful, striped dinosaur Valentine’s Day cards for him to take to his classmates with a mini dinosaur toy attached.

Today, we’re offering our dinosaur themed Valentine’s Day cards free to you too over on the FedEx Office blog! Simply print, cut and enjoy!


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This post is sponsored by Speedo USA. I received the products as compensation for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. 

Friends! We are planning a trip to Hawaii in early February with our boys. I’m SO excited for the opportunity to show them around our favorite place on earth. To be honest, I’m really excited to get out of this little “Winter Wonderland” for a bit in the middle of the super cold months.

While I love packing fun and beautiful tropical attire for my trips to Hawaii, with kids, I also need practical. I’m so excited to share my finds from Speedo USA that allow me to be both active with the boys in the sand and surf and easily transition to poolside time alone with the hubby as well.

Speedo USA offers so many great options; from cute color block bikinis and great one pieces to the best rash guards for sun protection all day long.

Taking vacations with kids can certainly be different. We’ve traveled quite a bit with both of our boys and even more with just Bodhi (our oldest.) I’ve found that the most important thing to keep in mind when traveling with kids is low expectations. Go with the flow. It’s the only way to go when you aren’t in control of delays, behavior, sleep patterns and jet lag.

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite items from Speedo USA that I’m packing for our family trip to Hawaii.  Read More »