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 »


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 »


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 »


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!


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 »


Can you believe we’re almost to mid-January already? With the holidays behind us, it’s time for the next big thing.  I’m back with more great ideas with FedEx Office.

Fun days are ahead to host family and friends for a big game viewing party and we have the easiest idea for a fun snack station.

Whether you’re hosting a football party large or small, we have you covered with a free printable football party backdrop and an easy snack station idea that happens to be pretty kid friendly and budget friendly too.

We’re especially excited this year because our favorite team is in the playoffs. Hooray for that! Head over to FedEx Office Out of Office blog for your free printable backdrop and ideas for hosting your big game party! This backdrop can go with any team colors or decorating idea and it’s bold. Enjoy!


Welcome to 2017, friends! We had the most enjoyable winter break with the kids. It included time with family, friends, each other and so many simple fun moments playing board games, napping, watching movies. We spent Christmas Eve and Day with our entire family (with the exception of just a few people). Our home was full of people, joy, laughter and playing. So much playing! My cousin’s twin girls are almost two so the house just felt alive with all four kiddos and all of the fun aunts and uncles who were on the floor and in the basement playing full force. It was amazing! We hosted a small group of some of our closest friends on New Year’s Eve as well. It was a fairly last minute gathering so I didn’t feel the pressure to host how I might normally host. That was incredibly fun and freeing. The evening was filled with sugar-high kiddos playing, laughing, dancing, parents acting ridiculous and so much more.

I have to admit that while I’m normally someone who starts a new year filled with goals and ideas, I’m finding myself feeling content. I’ll certainly set goals for my career. I’ll likely set personal goals of one kind or another. I’ll continue to exercise a few days a week and strive to eat well, but I don’t have any intense desire to make huge changes this year (other than one thing-I plan to ROCK The Snapchat. ;) I just figured this thing out thanks to a friend and am a bit obsessed. Ridiculous?! I know!). Read More »



DIY Confetti Packing Peanuts and Free printable holiday gift tagsSometimes the pace of the holiday season takes away from how magical everything is. I love slowing down to enjoy some of my favorite parts of this beautiful season.

Getting creative can be so fun this time of year. Whether you love trimming your tree, baking amazing holiday cookies or spend hours wrapping gifts, taking a moment to savor the season is lovely.

DIY Confetti Packing Peanuts and Free printable holiday gift tags

Today I’m sharing another fun way to get creative this holiday season with FedEx Office. I’m excited to share my DIY confetti packing peanuts project and two free printable confetti gift tags you can use for all of your gift tag needs. The gift tags are finished with confetti so they will match your DIY packing peanuts perfectly. Read More »


Jingle All the Way holiday party DIY ornament crafting station

Oh friends! I’ve been excited to share this party with you for quite a while now, but December is truly busy in my line of work. I’m finally sharing the beautiful images  Sabrina Reis captured for us. And due to time constraints, I’m not writing much.

Live The Fancy Life | Holiday Joanna Gaines Matilda Jane Party | Sabrina Reis Photography

We had a simple dessert table. The backdrop was made from pretty plaid wrapping paper I found at Home Goods, bulletin board paper from Joann Fabrics and a wood Jingle all the Way cutout from an Etsy shop I recently found. Desserts were all store bought for this party. It was effortless!

Jingle All the Way Party

Store bought paper bows, bottle brush trees and a cheap wood cutout (less than $1) helped fancy up the cake.

Jingle All the Way Party

Have you tried the gingerbread cookie sticks from Trader Joe’s yet?! If not, you must! These ones were a touch dry, but another pack I got for a different gathering was pure perfection!

Jingle All the way party

The bar cakes at Target bakeries are another favorite! This one was chocolate hazelnut. It was good, but the peanut butter chocolate one is the best!

Jingle All the way party

Christmas time is the only time of year when I feel like my house looks finished. I enjoy hosting because the trees take up spaces where our home is otherwise bare and I love the look of warm candlelight and twinkle lights.  Read More »