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Achieve your best smile yetYou know how sometimes a thing changes your life in some way that feels small at first, but it ends up being a huge part of your daily routine? That happened to me recently. Until this past winter, I hadn’t been to a dentist in a few years. When my high school dentist retired, I just never found someone new that I loved.

Achieve your best smile yetWhen we moved to our new home, I simply stopped going. I had two small children and I definitely didn’t put myself or my health first. My teeth were in not-so-great shape and one day this past January, I knew something was wrong and it was time. A root canal and a few old replaced fillings later and I finally have nearly everything fixed. I drank soda in high school which I know was a large part of the problem. I digress.

Achieve your best smile yetAfter getting everything handled, I’m very focused on great oral health and have been for a while now. I’ve always brushed and flossed regularly since I was a kid, but now I do it extra well thanks to my Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Toothbrush. I also think about the impact certain foods and drinks have on my teeth which is new to me.

Achieve your best smile yetThe toothbrush though! It’s amazing! My teeth feel fresh and sparkling after every use, almost as if I had my teeth professionally cleaned each morning and night.

Achieve your best smile yetThe NEW Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected Toothbrush at Target has made it easy for me to maintain the best oral health. I LOVE that this toothbrush has an innovative app that tells me how well I’m brushing, if I missed any spots or if I’m applying too much pressure. How great is that? The app helps me achieve the most complete clean possible. Read More »


Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack StationYou know I love throwing a good party. Add in a good cause and I’m all over it. My neighbor and I co-hosted a “Trick or Cans” party on Monday night to collect food for our local food shelf. We had such a fun night with more than 50 of our neighbors (kids and adults) and although rain threatened to change up our plans, it all turned out fine once we were set to go “trick or canning.”
Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack Station plus Trick or Cans partyOur night included a fun dinner with the four kiddos who were our “hosts,” an active game we call “pumpkin run”, Trick or Canning with friends and a little Halloween party to end our night.
Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack Station plus Trick or Cans partyWe kept the party fairly simple with a snack station, apple cider, a few kid activities and lots of play time.
Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack Station plus Trick or Cans partyI often put together dessert buffets for parties and I loved the challenge of creating a healthier snack station but still keeping it fun and festive.
Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack Station plus Trick or Cans partyComing up with fun snacks was my favorite part of this challenge. These Clif Kid Z Bar mummies were a favorite!
Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack Station plus Trick or Cans partyWe also put together small favor bags. Kids always love going home with something special and we liked the idea of rewarding them for their kindness. Each favor bag included a CLIF Kid Zbar and Zfruit, a few Halloween pencils, fun little rings and trinkets. Nothing fancy, but kids liked it!
Kindness Matters: Healthy Snack Station plus Trick or Cans partyWe had high hopes of some outdoor play time, but with rain coming and going, we only got in one game. We chose the pumpkin run which is simply kids running around witch hat cones with a pumpkin while being timed. Read More »


Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleI’ve dubbed this year as the year of focusing on finding joy, simplifying and letting go in our everyday lives. I’ve talked about it in many posts and today, I’m showing you how an average day can be SO MUCH MORE JOY-FILLED when we do little things to make life easier.

Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleI am not the poster child for having joyful mornings, friends, but we are finding our way. This year was a big year of change. I’ve taken on significantly more work (and I’m SO grateful my business has taken off), my older son is in Kindergarten so we’re shuffling kids to two different spots, my husband’s job is pretty demanding, we’ve added a few too many extracurricular activities and we have decided to try to truly live our values.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleI’m Type A, so when things don’t go as planned, I get frazzled. Mornings are my weakness. We’ve finally found our groove by waking up earlier (before the kids), picking out clothes, getting lunches packed, breakfast on the table and coffee made before they even open their little eyes. We then wake up the kids. I repeat. We WAKE UP the kids! We never did this before. We wanted them to have as much sleep as possible, but we’ve learned that they need a lot of time in the morning to get moving.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleOur older son won’t get dressed until he’s had a long slow breakfast, possibly colored a few pictures and maybe watched an episode or two of his favorite children’s show. Our younger son needs 20 solid minutes of cuddle time on the sofa while he drinks milk. Rushing it along, as we have in the past, only makes everyone grumpy and even less cooperative. And honestly, those snuggles are the best excuse ever to just sit on the sofa with my sweet guy and a hot cup of coffee.
Finding joy and simplifying: Small steps to big rewards in the day-to-day shuffleFriends! We are finally Crushing It in the mornings! Dixie® To Go is The Official Cup For Crushing It. With no washing or cleanup involved, it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning, which can help you “crush” the things that matter. These things may seem small to the outside world, but are huge to us, such as snuggling on the couch without worrying that my mug of coffee is going to spill the moment my son decides to somersault off the sofa, calmly helping with shoes or packing backpacks and lunch bags like a boss. Read More »


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon and Party City. All opinions are 100% mine.

Paw Patrol Halloween Paw-ty and activitiesInstead of hosting a big Halloween party for loads of kids, I decided to have a little fun with just our boys at home. I’m sharing how I put together a special after-school “Paw-ty” for my boys while keeping it all EASY!

Paw Patrol Halloween Paw-ty and activitiesMy sweet Ezra has been obsessed with Paw Patrol for a while now. This week I teamed up with Party City and Nickelodeon to put together a fun and easy after school Paw Patrol inspired Halloween shindig.Paw Patrol Halloween Paw-ty and activities

We picked up a Paw Patrol Marshall costume and some fun accessories at Party City recently. Ezra was thrilled when he saw it and wanted it on right away. I knew we had to incorporate the costume into our little celebration.

Paw Patrol Halloween Paw-ty and activitiesMaking daily traditions special can be really easy. Actually, I strive to make all of our traditions simple these days. Having an after-school Halloween celebration with just your kids (no guests) can be a fun tradition that you do each year and only do what feels manageable to you. Read More »


Back to School build your own caramel apple nachos barWe had a few friends over during the first week of school to celebrate! I put together this easy (and tasty) caramel apple “nachos” station for the kiddos.

Back to School Build your own caramel apple nachos stationI loved coming up with a few fun toppings for our Apple “Nachos” bar.

Back to school build your own caramel apple nachos barOur apple “nachos” bar included:

  • Sliced apples
  • Caramel and chocolate sauces
  • M&Ms
  • Skittles
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Fruit snacks
  • Crushed chocolate chip cookies

back-to-school-build-your-own-apple-nachos-bar-10-of-12We also included sprinkles for fun! Kids love sprinkles despite the fact that they have almost no flavor. :)

Back to school build your own caramel apple nachos barMost of the kiddos loaded up with almost all the ingredients. Back to school build your own caramel apple nachos barWhile others preferred just the apples with a splash of caramel sauce for added stickiness. Read More »


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Trick or Lattes Party! A latte bar for parents on Halloween night. I love coffee. There is just nothing better for me. I start my day with a coffee and often enjoy a latte later in the day as well. I am so excited to share my fall inspired latte bar with you today. This concept is simple.

On Halloween (or any day, really), you include a latte bar as a part of your Trick or Treating fun. Kids can Trick or Treat. Parents can Trick or Latte! Offering something special to the parents is fun and helps create community.

Trick or Lattes partyToday I’m sharing how I created this fun and fabulous latte party, latte bar and create-your-own mug station for the parents on Halloween how you can pull this party together too!

Trick or Lattes partyParty Setup Steps

  1. Create a backdrop. I used a white roll of paper and attached two simple and fun posters.  Trick or Treat Here. But First Lattes! I designed the posters and they are available as free printable posters right here. :)
    Trick or Lattes party, Halloween backdrop idea
  2. Plan your decorations. I kept things black, white and yellow. I used yellow to-go cups for the lattes. I placed chalkboard stickers on each one with a pumpkin sticker for fun. The chalkboard stickers were perfect for my guests to write their names and avoid any confusion about who the cup belonged to. I added texture with a black and white plaid throw blanket we own. I love using blankets on my tablescapes.
    Trick or Lattes party, Halloween party idea
  3. Plan your menu. I kept it simple. Lattes are delicious and more than enough for most parents, but I added some pumpkin spice bundt cake and pumpkin shaped chocolates for extra fun.
    Trick or Lattes party, Halloween party menu ideas
  4. Plan an activity or two. I put together a simple create-your-own-mug station using some adorable latte and coffee stamps with a permanent ink pad. I picked up inexpensive white mugs for $1 each which were the perfect option. I’m sharing this DIY project in more detail below. It’s easy and fun!
    Trick or Lattes party, Halloween party mug station
  5. Say “thanks” with party favors. This is definitely unnecessary, but if you’re like me and enjoy giving a little something, why not give your guests a latte?!I filled white bags with Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cups® and a chocolate wafer. I wrapped the bag in black and gold baker’s twine with a homemade tag using the fun stamps from the mug station. :) I also had each guest take home a mug.
    Halloween latte party favor

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I was excited to have the chance to partner with Britax, City Moms Blog Network and Twin Cities Moms Blog for an informative and fun blogger party to learn more about the Britax B-Ready Stroller.

Stroller AdventuresI attended a super fun event with Britax and Twin Cities Moms Blog last week. We got to bring our little ones and enjoy some time checking out the new Britax B-Ready Stroller in the company of other mamas and bloggers. Reps from Britax were on hand to help us with any questions we had and teach us how to use the stroller properly.

Stroller AdventuresThe stroller is absolutely fantastic, friends! I love that it can be a single or double stroller in seconds. It folds very smoothly and easily. Read More »


Shared boys room ideasWe’ve been considering having our two boys share a bedroom in another year or so. Our younger son is two and he’s still sleeping in a crib. We want to keep it that way for now. He just started sleeping through the night most of the time a few months ago, so change is not exactly ideal right now. Our older son loves sleeping with someone so we are hoping that if they are together, they will both sleep. Are we dreaming?

Ezra turns two (5 of 14)This is new to us. I have some friends who have siblings share rooms out of necessity (not enough bedrooms) and out of convenience or an idea they have about how to raise children. I’ve heard amazing and adorable stories about it and I’ve heard what might be considered “horror” stories too. Read More »