anniversary family photos

6 years married – Family Photos

Chris and I started this yearly (and yes, cheesy) tradition of taking a photo with the number of years we’ve been married. Last month we celebrated 6 years married. According to google:

6th Anniversary: Candy – which obviously represents sweetness – and iron – indicative of strength — are the traditional materials of the sixth anniversary.

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Anniversary in Palm Springs

We take our wedding anniversary pretty seriously. And by seriously I mean that we make it a priority to get away (just the two of us) for some fun. With kids and busy lives, sometimes it’s easier to brush off special occasions and keep it super simple. It’s not that we NEED more, its just that it feels really good to make together-time a priority and an anniversary is a perfect excuse for that.

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easy breakfast recipes for kids

Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes – for kids too!

We’re tackling one of my favorite topics today: HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES!! This is one area I struggle in. The girls wake up starving I swear and I’ve got to feed them (and myself) something quick and easy and that doesn’t make a lot of mess. More often that not we’re in a rush to get ready for preschool or the day’s activities so the easier the better. Plus, I’m always looking for things without a ton of sugar because most standard, packaged options have way too much!!

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Preparing for Baby – Six thoughtful gift ideas

A friend of ours is having a baby soon and it’s got me thinking about those first moments, days, weeks…there’s nothing like it, is there? I’m pretty certain I won’t be experiencing that newborn amazingness (and exhaustion, who am i kidding?) again but that doesn’t make me less baby-crazy!

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making exercise fun

Making Exercise Fun – A Curves® Workout

There was a time when I couldn’t imagine ever using fun and exercise in the same sentence. Between 16 and 20 years old, I actually didn’t exercise at all, which was a change from earlier years when I played basketball in middle school and early high school. Basketball was really the only form of exercise I knew – and I considered it fun – so when I didn’t have it, I didn’t know what my options were. Add to that the “freshman 15” and being away from home and exercising seemed intimidating.

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tried and tested mineral sunscreen

Non Toxic Mineral sunscreen – How and which I use

This post is an update and partial re-write of my original nontoxic sunscreen post in 2015. I’m happy to see that there have been some improvements in the world of sun protection in the past two years but there is still a lot of work to be done. 

One of the questions I am asked the most, from friends and family and fellow mamas too, is what mineral sunscreen I use. I’m so glad people are asking and becoming aware of the dangers of conventional drugstore chemical sunscreens. The answer isn’t always a quick one though, as I’m constantly trying new brands and on any given beach day, I may have three different kinds in my bag. More on that in a minute…

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Birthday Trip to Valle de Guadalupe – Mexico’s Wine Country

You know how it is when you keep hearing about a certain place over and over and finally decide you can’t ignore it anymore, right? Well that was Valle de Guadalupe for me. For the past two years, I have been hearing about this GORGEOUS wine country just south of the border and it was time to see it for myself. My birthday was coming up so what better excuse?

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best nontoxic deodorants

Nontoxic Deodorant – Safe and Effective

Deodorant was one of the VERY first things I switched when moving to a healthier, nontoxic routine. It didn’t take me long once I learned about the dangerous side effects of aluminum and anti-perspirants to ditch all my drugstore brands – and I had quite a few.  See, I had tried them all and since not a single one worked consistently, I changed them around a lot. It was a frustrating cycle – and even more so looking back since I had no idea that there was a MUCH healthier, effective and cheaper solution.

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baby progression photos first year

Monthly Baby Photos: Layla’s first 12 months

Reaching the first year milestone is a BIG one, and I think every parent would agree. I describe it like a deep breath. We made it, we survived (mostly) unscathed, and we’re left with the confidence that “ok, we can do this.” The joke that the first birthday party is for the parents isn’t too far from reality. We deserve the celebration as much as anyone, am I right?

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