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A beautiful white, wood and grey patio plan

Pergola | Table | Dining bench | PlantersOutdoor sectional | Fire table | Outdoor rug | Table centerpiece lanterns

It’s almost summer! Let’s chat about outdoor entertaining. We currently have nowhere to entertain. We love to be outside and not having a place to hang out with friends is a little annoying (is it a serious problem? Of course not, but something we’d like to resolve). I love having friends and neighbors over and I really want a place where people can relax while the kids play and we can just enjoy our favorite people.

We have a 3-4 year plan on the outside of our home which includes a fence, updating our front porch, a significant amount of landscaping in terms of plants and flower beds, decorative landscaping around some major eyesores like our air conditioner, outdoor entertainment space, a second door out our mudroom so we can quickly get to the playset and more. This year we added a playset for the kids and a fence blocking the road. Next up is a patio out our south door next summer. South means we get a LOT of sunlight so we need to be able to add some shade and it’s on the street side, so privacy needs to be a consideration too. Read More »


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A summer family picnicTracking PixelIt’s picnic season. With two little ones, eating outside has never been more appealing. Less mess. More fun! We tend to stick with a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and vegetable proteins for our picnics and I love to throw in a few fun better-for-you snacks that taste great. I’m working with Cape Cod® Potato Chips on today’s sponsored post featuring a backyard picnic and ways you can make your at-home picnic fun, beautiful and practical.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket listWhat’s a picnic without potato chips? Cape Cod® Reduced Fat Original Potato Chips taste great and are the perfect accompaniment to a good summer sandwich.

A summer family picnic, kids summer ideas, family ideas, summer bucket list

We’ve had picnics outside a handful of times already this spring because they are easy with kids and loads of fun. Bodhi definitely considers them to be a treat. He loves it. Ezra appreciates the freedom to move while he eats since he is so thrilled to be on the go. Read More »


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Getting in shape and having energy after baby

Getting back in shape after Ezra was born has been tough. After Bodhi I walked a lot. I basically survived the evening “witching hours” every day with a two hour walk while baby-wearing, so the pounds melted off really fast. No joke. This time, not so much.

Ezra’s “witching hour” was minor at worst. He would sleep peacefully in the swing while I made dinner or was content in the carrier while I cooked and I didn’t have to move the entire time like I did with B. While it’s such a blessing not to have a fussy baby, it means I wasn’t forced to get moving every single day.

And with two bad sleepers, I didn’t really have the energy I needed to make it through the day with either guy. I knew mid-winter that I would need to make some big changes in my diet to ensure I was eating options that would give me the energy I needed to be a happy and energetic mama to my boys and wife to my husband.

Getting in shape and having energy after baby

My husband and I invested in a high-powered blender in January and it’s been life changing. I make smoothies or whole fruit and vegetable juices (with the fiber) every single day and fill them with fruits, vegetables and Silk Original Soymilk which offers 8 grams of heart-healthy, plant-powered protein, perfect for a busy nursing mama trying to get back in shape.

Getting in shape and having energy after baby

No other dairy-free milk brand gives you more protein! Both my husband and I try to start our day with a big green smoothie and I add in another late in the day when I need a little energy boost. Read More »


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Charles River rain coat giveaway

It’s raining, it’s pouring. Ok, ok, it’s not, but it was raining and pouring all day yesterday. That’s Spring in Minnesota. I love a good rain day inside the house. Movies on. Fireplace on. A big cup of coffee and lots of snuggles. Perfection.

Charles River rain coat giveaway

But when I have to run around with both boys, pouring rain is a downer. I’ve started investing in clothing and gear that makes running in and out with both kids a bit easier. Bodhi has a fabulous umbrella. Both boys have great rain boots (and so do I). And I was recently sent this cute and stylish New Englander Rain Jacket from Charles River Apparel (available here) which was a lifesaver yesterday as I ran from preschool pickup to Target and back to my son’s school for family night followed by running over to a nearby pizza place for a group pizza party and then out to the car again before finally landing at home for a cozy night in. Read More »


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Fun in the sun safely with CoolibarWith Spring in full swing, I’m thinking about summer. I’m thinking about warm days spent outside in the sun enjoying our yard, kiddy pools, neighbors, grilled food, flowers and everything that is summer. We got lucky and had a day like this recently. We spent the entire day outside with our next door neighbors (who are amazing-we got so lucky having them move in 8 months ago).

Fun in the sun safely with Coolibar

I love dressing our boys alike and that goes for swimwear as well. Minneapolis-based (shout out to the hometown!) Coolibar sent us these adorable striped sun protective rash guards for the boys to try out. So much cuteness, am I right?! Read More »


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Happy Friday! Let’s chat about working from home, shall we? Today’s post is in partnership with LINDOR Chocolate Day and LINDOR truffles.

Melt Moments with LINDOR

I work from home 95 percent of the time. I have client meetings or other meetings from time to time that break things up but I mostly plug away in my home office. Sometimes the days and hours run together in weird ways. One thing that tends to happen when you work from home is that you try to do everything all the time making it hard to accomplish anything.

Working from home and creating MELT moments.

I have a hard time walking past dirty dishes without doing them or throwing in laundry when I take a break. I feel like I’m going going going all day long plus never focus on any one thing. Being a mom, I’ve learned that while multi-tasking is sort of part of the job, it is not a great way to do anything. Giving everything half the attention it deserves is a recipe for failure in my book. Now, I won’t complain too much. There is definitely something nice about being able to do all of those things and not have to get out the door at the same time as the kids each day. Read More »


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LINDOR Chocolate Day

After a hectic day, I often take a break to just breathe and enjoy life. Today’s moment of peace is in partnership with LINDOR Chocolate Day and LINDOR truffles.

I incorporated the amazing truffles into my afternoon coffee break for my own melt moment. Sometimes I love to just download-take notes on my thoughts and ideas without doing any work for a bit. This moment was the perfect chance to do just that.

Do you ever feel like the days just race by and you are on the go, checking things off your to-do list, getting things done without stopping? That is me nearly every day. I’m a big fan of the to-do list and I get a lot of joy from crossing things off, but I’m learning that taking short breaks really does make all the difference in the world when it comes to feeling good, peaceful and joyful. Read More »


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A Coffee Date: How to spread joy today

Good morning! Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat. Let’s talk kindness and spreading joy today, shall we?

Honestly, I’m no expert at spreading joy, but I plan to become one. The longer I live, the more I want to be a light for myself, my family and all I come into contact with. I’m imperfect and make plenty of mistakes, but living a pure, kind, compassionate life is my goal. And  I have a friend who I consider to be an expert in positivity and spreading joy. I’ll refer to her as “Leah” throughout this post because… Read More »


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A Wild Kratts animal fourth birthday party

We celebrated Bodhi’s fourth birthday with close friends yesterday with a Wild Kratts animal themed party. Bodhi chose the theme and I worked very hard to incorporate the Wild Kratts without losing myself and my dislike for hosting character parties. I used small touches and a fabulous graphic designer to incorporate the Kratt brothers, the Wild Kratts logo, creature power discs and more in subtle ways.

A Wild Kratts animal fourth birthday party

This year I really scaled back, only inviting Bodhi’s friends that he plays with pretty regularly.  I had a master list of everyone I love first and then seriously asked myself if Bodhi had played with each child in the last year or even two. If the answer was “no,” I kept it smaller. I had a really hard time cutting down our list and still feel weird about it, but it’s just impossible to host 40 plus kids and not get overwhelmed. In the past, we’ve invited all of our amazing friends and their kids as well, but it was honestly just too much for an at-home party. The size this year felt much more manageable for all. We also separated out our family this year, instead hosting them for a party tomorrow on Bodhi’s real birthday. Read More »


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Check Party Mix The perfect baby shower giveawayWhile I sometimes go overboard on parties, I also believe that simple setups can be perfect for most events. I love the idea of hosting an intimate gender reveal baby shower for just a few close friends and this setup would work perfect for it. Today I put together this easy (literally took 20 minutes to put everything out) setup using a fun Baby Shower Mailer from Check Party Mix. And today, I’m giving away the whole set to one lucky reader. I’ll share more on that soon.

Check Party Mix The perfect baby shower giveaway (2 of 4)

For now, here are a few tips for putting together an easy baby shower. Read More »