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Introduction 

Hello! I’m Sidney. I’m a wife and mother to three brown eyed kiddos. My oldest son Jonathan is 7 years old, my middle son Jordan is 2 1/2 and our newest edition ( baby girl) Jasmine is 1 month old. My main purpose of this blog is to document my children’s childhoods. I have recently left the corporate workplace to fully dedicate myself as a  stay at home mom. I will be sharing the highs and lows of our journey and will welcome the input and advise of all the other amazing women who are on the same journey.

Park Nights

Park nights are the best! Normally, we’re separated by Jonathan having soccer at one field and Jordan at another location, but last night at Jonathan’s practice the littles got to come and play at the park.

We explored all over and found some great Fall items. The kids found a bunch of acorns and giant leaves. We are just waiting for them to turn different colors. It is such a beautiful time of year to be outside. It was slightly chilly but as long as you keep moving and have a light jacket on you are fine. The littles did a great job by keeping us on the move!

I hope you can get outside and enjoy the Fall weather! XO

Fall Break

Hi friends! It’s October, my favorite month and time of the year. The boys are off from school all week so we have been enjoying the time off. However, we have been busy with dentist appointments, flu shots, and soccer practice still. I try to always schedule these types of appointments during this week so they can miss less school.

We have been working on our Haunted House and are excited for this year’s Halloween. We toned last year’s down and are hopeful we can have a safe Haunted house for our community to enjoy. The kiddos have all been participating in decorating and helping which is so fun.

We took the kids to see The Addams Family 2 in the theater a few days ago and that got them even more into the Halloween spirit. It’s such a busy time for us but we would not have it any other way.

This time of year we love to color all the Halloween doodles (you can search free-printable Halloween doodles and print them off for your littles), craft, and read Halloween books. The weather has been windy, dark, and we are supposed to get some rain so we will be staying cozy inside. I just started the Great Alone and am enjoying it so far. What are you reading this month?

Ghosts in the House Book/ Great Alone Book / Ceramic Bat candy Dish (old from Crate and Barrel)

Happy October! XO

Weekend Overview

And just like that, the weekend is over and it’s Monday. We had an eventful week, where should I start…Oh, Jordan lost his front tooth while Jonathan was walking him to the car from school. He was drinking out of his water bottle and bumped into something and his front tooth fell out! He opened the car door and was holding his front tooth and his mouth was slightly bleeding. Let’s just say I was not expecting that.

The next morning Jordan comes walking down the stairs holding his tooth still in the bag, looking at me with disbelief. Yes, yes the tooth fairy (me) completely forgot! I felt so bad. The tooth fairy (me) left an I hope you can forgive me note along with seven bucks. The mother of the year award will not be heading in my direction this year.

Friday comes along and I get a call from Jonathan’s school saying he has been exposed in close contact with another student who tested positive for Covid. So I had to go and pick him up and he has to quarantine for ten days until we can get him tested to confirm either way. He is in isolation in our movie room and we have been communicating via facetime and walkie-talkies. Luckily, he is feeling fine for now and we hope he stays that way.

On Sunday, Jordan, Jasmine, and I went to one of our local nurseries and picked up a few more pumpkins for the front porch and backyard. The kiddos picked out some great pumpkins and had a nice time walking around looking at all the plants and flowers. They can’t wait to carve the pumpkins! I highly recommend checking your local nurseries for the best prices on pumpkins. We got a steal, $1.99 per pumpkin no matter the size or weight (limit was six per household).

So with all the events from the week before, cupcakes were a must for the weekend. The littles and I went on a few walks around our neighborhood and collected Fall goodies and enjoyed eating the cupcakes we baked.

I hope you had a great weekend and have a wonderful week! XO

Fall 2021

Happy Fall friends! Today is the official start of the Fall season and I am ready for all the festive Fall things! Even though it is still pretty warm here for the middle of September and the leaves are just now starting to change I can’t wait to make cozy meals, drink apple cider, and start to watch all the Halloween movies. One of my favorite things right now is walking the kids to school in the morning during this time. It is truly the best and I love to hear their thoughts, what they have going on that day, and just enjoy the fresh air.

Over the weekend we spotted a few pumpkins while we were running errands and of course, had to get them. I love to put them throughout the house for small touches of Fall! Also, our mums are starting to bloom which gives me all the Fall feels.

Nature Book here / Martha Stewart Living magazine October’s issue

Another way to get your house feeling like Fall is for it to smell like Fall. I used to buy all the seasonal candles from Bath and Body Works religiously, but switched and ditched the candles for many reasons. First, it is bad for our overall health to breathe in the toxic fumes that candles release, and in our case, we have kids who love to throw balls in the house and I would always worry that they would knock over a candle no matter how far out of reach that I placed it. So diffusing essential oils was a game changer and I love the ability to play around with the different oils to create your favorite scent. Below are must-have Fall oils and you will love them. You can check them out here!

Another Fall favorite of ours is baked cinnamon apples (these are Jonathan’s favorite and they remind me so much of my Grandma that I love to bake them and think of her), caramel and apples (Jordan’s favorite), and I am determined this season to make a homemade apple pie (wish me luck).

I hope you have a wonderful day, Happy Fall! XO

September

Hi friends! Can you even believe it is almost the middle of September? We finally had clear skies this past week and are forever grateful. Our city hosts an annual hot balloon festival every year this weekend. It is one of my favorite weekends here. I always have high hopes of getting up early (they begin at 4:00 am) but have yet to do so. However, we live close enough that we can see the balloons in the skyline and it is so beautiful.

Saturday, the boys got to play their first soccer games of the season. They were so excited and it was great weather! Jonathan’s team ended up losing but he was able to score four goals! Jordan’s team won and then we headed home from being at the fields all day.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! XO

Weekend Overview

Happy Monday friends! Our kiddos started their fourth week of school this week and I honestly can’t believe it. Time is flying by! With time flying by and Summer is wrapping up we are heading into one of my most favorite times of the year. I love Fall and everything it represents. Cool crisp mornings, cozy blankets, fires, pumpkins on the front porch, and of course Halloween! I am starting to see hints of Fall and I am embracing them.

We finally have a blue sky today so we are loving that and hoping it stays. Soccer has been canceled for three weeks straight due to poor air quality so we are hoping that the boys can get some soccer in before any more smoke comes back.

Over the weekend I made a simple bruschetta recipe with ingredients that I had on hand. I just cut up small grape tomatoes, tomato from the vine, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a clove of garlic (minced), and salt and pepper to taste. I don’t measure just a pinch here and there and toss it all together (probably not the best technic). I fried Italian bread on the stove in just some olive oil (both sides of bread) and then add the bruschetta and it is soooo GOOD!

I just got this book, Yoga Pant Nation, and am so excited to read this. This is book three of a cute series and the other two books were so light, fun, and relatable. I was so happy to discover this author wrote the third book. I finished reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle and Beach Read which were both very good! With Fall approaching I am hoping to find the time to read more while we start to cozy in. What is on your reading list this Fall?

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great week! XO

Back to School

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great Summer. Ours flew by and we are already back to school. This year is new territory for us because Jonathan is in Middle School which is at a new school and his day starts much earlier. We are out the door at 7:00 and head back home to get Jordan ready for school which starts at 9:30. Jordan is in 1st Grade and is loving it so far. Jonathan is still trying to remember where all his classes are and is confident the start of week two he won’t get lost. He gets home around 2:30 and Jordan is out of school at 3:30. It’s lots of juggling, preparing, and lots of coffee.

Heading into a new school year is always a scary feeling and nowadays there are no exceptions. We use essential oils for emotional, sleep, and immune support. Kidpower smells so good and gives them a boost of confidence as we head out the door. I will roll this on Jordan’s chest and wrists as well as diffuse it in the morning. If you are interested here is where you can find some amazing tools and resources heading into the new school year.

It has been so smoky here due to the wildfires in our region that we haven’t been able to go outside at all and the boy’s soccer has been canceled several times. We are hoping for clear skies soon! Below are pictures of Jonathan and Jordan’s first days of school.

Since we survived our first week back to school Jasmine and I felt it was in order to have some cupcakes waiting for the boys when they got home!

Wishing you and your kiddos have a wonderful school year! XO

Summer Fun

We are ready to officially kick off Summer and spend plenty of time outside. One of the kiddos favorite activities is bubbles! They never seem to tire from them. I always make sure to stock up on bubble solution and fun accessories. It is hours of entertainment. We just might need to up our bubble game and experiment with this idea. Looks so fun!

Another thing that I love about Summer is the fresh fruit. There is nothing better to eat, well maybe besides an ice cream cone but Summer is the season to eat delicious fruit. I tried this Thieves veggie and fruit wash for the first time and will use this to wash our fruits and veggies every time. The water was so dirty it was shocking. If you are interested you can purchase it here and use my member ID 22456591 when checking out! Plus, I notice if our fruit is washed and ready to eat in the refrigerator we are more inclined to eat it!

Happy Friday and I hope you have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend! XO

Dandelions and Soccer Fields

Hello friends! During the week in the evenings, I am at the soccer field almost every night. The kids love to be outside, playing soccer (which they have missed tremendously) and it feels life is somewhat back to normal when we are outdoors. It is a small chunk of time that is so powerful and needed for everyone’s mental health.

Jasmine loves to pick all the dandelions and make me dandelion bouquets. Jordan loves to play at the park when it’s not his soccer practice and Jonathan just enjoys playing soccer. Kids are laughing, running around, the sun is warm, and we are forever grateful!

I hope you had a great weekend! XO

Weekend Overview

We had a weekend filled with soccer, sunshine, and plenty of time doodling outside with outdoor chalk. The boys have just a few more weeks of school and we couldn’t be happier. Jordan will be graduating from Kindergarten and Jonathan from 5th grade heading to Middle School. This school year has been so enjoyable with the boys being able to spend one year together and having the same schedules. I will cherish the next few weeks and hope they don’t go too quickly, but looking forward to having them all home for Summer with no schedules.

The weather has been mostly warm with the exception of a few breezy days here and there. We have been busy working outside, landscaping, and getting our grass and irrigation system all up to par. This time of year is always so busy.

Outdoor Chalk/ Jasmine’s sandals

I hope you have a wonderful week! XO