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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 »


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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!


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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 »


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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 »


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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 »


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Free last minute gift printable

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m so excited to share my latest work with FedEx Office with you today! I hope you can use it for any of those last-minute gifts you may still need.

Free last minute gift printable

One way I enjoy the holiday season is by truly putting thought into getting my loved ones personalized gifts that feel special.  Today we’re offering a fun personalizable home print that you can gift to those you love most. Our print is a simple watercolor anchor and wreath with a text space that can be personalized for the person you are gifting to. That means you can make it work for your grandma, sister, mom, friend, neighbor or even your child’s teacher. It would make a great addition to a home themed gift or could even be a great host gift if you’re attending any holiday parties.

To me, an anchor symbolizes home and family in many ways. You can change the font, font size and colors of the font if you’d like as well.

Ready to get started?

Head over to FedEx Office Out of Office Blog for all of the details plus the free printable gift!


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This post is sponsored by Christmas Tree Promotion Board. I’m so excited to share our experience visiting our local Christmas Tree Farm!

Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree FarmDecember is here! I’ve been sharing my thoughts on creating simple holiday traditions that can easily be incorporated into the holiday season year after year no matter how busy life seems. My favorite tradition we’ve embraced is heading to the Christmas tree farm!  Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas tree farms are located all around the United States and the real farms are amazing! Many of them offer hay rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa, kid spaces, gorgeous views of amazing Christmas trees and of course, the nostalgic scent of pine.  Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree Farm

Amazing! It was a winter wonderland for our kiddos and for us. Rows and rows of trees. The kids ran around enjoying the idea of simply getting lost, but not too lost. Don’t worry!

Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree Farm Christmas is all about real quality time spent with family and friends; a tradition embraced by families around the world and the beacon of memories made throughout the years. Read More »