Rainbow Inspiration

Hello, March! I am longing for Spring and warm weather. I have noticed that the birds are out and chirping more and it is getting darker much later. All signs of Spring which I am so happy about. The boys have two more weeks of school and then they will be on Spring Break. We are ready to just be outside more (hoping the weather gets warmer, it has been pretty cold here lately).

With Spring approaching the boys will be starting outdoor soccer soon which they are so excited for. Jonathan’s Birthday is coming up in April and Easter is right after his Birthday this year. I will be sharing Easter basket inspirations soon since it will be here before we know it.

For now, we are enjoying the small things still. Crafting together on the weekends when the boys are home, starting to puzzle again (we took a break since we did several during quarantine), and having movie nights. With the seasons changing we are starting to get just a little bit busier. We will appreciate being able to do things (such as soccer starting) and also appreciating slowing down, it’s all such a balancing act!

Paint Cakes / There was an old lady who swallowed a clover Book

What are you looking forward to this Spring? I hope you have a wonderful week! XO

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Books

Jasmine and I dropped the boys off at school and hit the kitchen to bake some yummy banana bread and we had to toss in some chocolate chips! I followed this recipe (plus adding chocolate chips). There is no better smell than warm banana bread baking. Its aroma fills the entire house and it just makes you feel like cozying up under a blanket, grabbing a good book, and eating some banana bread!

I just finished reading Daisy Jones & the Six. It was so good. I didn’t want it to end! It was written in an oral history format. It took some time for me to get into the book because of this style I think, but I am so glad I stuck with it. My next read is going to be The Vanishing Half. I am very excited to dive into this one. Has anyone read it yet? Also, a book series that Jonathan has recently started reading is The Underland Chronicles. Jordan’s teacher reads them Junie B. Jones (which is so cute I ended up buying all of these books for Jonathan when he was in Kindergarten because he loved them). Jonathan has to read every night for homework so he enjoys it much more when he is interested in the series. I will read to Jordan ( a chapter book such as Junie B. Jones or Ready Freddy books) before he goes to bed. This Summer, my goal is to have Jordan reading the chapter books to me.

Can you even believe that February is almost over? We are certainly looking forward to Spring! I hope you have a wonderful week! XO

Flowers, Fuse Beads, and Chicken Wings!

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. Last week/weekend Jordan and Jasmine both were sick. Jordan had to miss school for a few days so we were lounging around the house a lot. Everyone is feeling better so we are thankful for that. Since Jordan was housebound and missed his Valentine’s Day party at school I ordered these fuse beads that I remembered doing as a kid. He loved them! He made one right after another. All the kids sat at the table for hours on the weekend making them.

So we recently got an air fryer (this one was on sale a few weeks ago) because everyone loves the chicken wings when we order out pizza so I thought I would try to “re-create” the wings. I am not sure I have accomplished that, but all in all, we are very happy with the air fryer. It heats up quickly and gives your food a much crispier texture and it’s a healthier way to cook! I am still in the preliminary stages and am excited to try new foods in the air fryer. I will share what we are loving soon!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! Have a wonderful week. XO

Valentine’s Week

I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I always enjoy the month of February and love to have special heart-shaped treats and make fun Valentine’s crafts with the kids. Spreading the love this time of year is especially important given the fact that it has been a challenging year so why not overdo it on the love!

We took the kids to a trampoline place over the weekend and they were so grateful to get out of the house and have some fun. We ate at everyone’s favorite burger place (In-N-Out) on the way home and everyone had a smile on their face. Moments like these are much more noticeable since we haven’t been out much in the past year.

Valentine’s stickers old from Target similar here /

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day this year? XO

Weekend Overview

Happy Monday! We have had quite the week last week. The boys were hardly in school again because we got a ton of snow. Their School was canceled two days last week and they had two-hour delays every day that school was open. We had slow mornings, played in the snow, and did lots of coloring and puzzling when we were inside. The boys also went sledding at one of the High Schools nearby our house, they have the perfect hills for sledding!

Sunday morning the sky was so pretty at sunrise. I love waking up and peeking outside to see the mountains covered in snow and watch the sun come up. We had French toast sticks for breakfast and I happened to look out the window and saw the most chubby, darling bird sitting on our basketball hoop. Once the sun came out a bit more Jasmine and Jordan went out back and attempted to build a snowman. He didn’t last long as his head kept falling off, but the kiddos had a fun time.

Large coloring Poster / Maps book

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and if you have snow where you live hopefully you can enjoy a few snow days! XO

2021 Update

Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. After the Holiday’s we took things slow and needed to catch up on doctor’s appointments etc. The kiddos went back to school and then had to quarantine for two weeks while their entire school had to shut down. So the boys’ were on distance learning which is always a struggle for us, but we managed to get through it again and they are back at school, Yay! However, this week was their first week back and we have had some really cold temperatures with snow so they have been on a two-hour delay each day this week and we are supposed to get a big storm tonight so I am thinking it is most likely going to result in a snow day!

With the kiddos having to be at home so much again we have added a few activities that they like to bounce from one to another. First up is the Paint by Sticker. Jordan and Jasmine loved doing these. Jasmine needed my assistance, but honestly, I enjoyed doing them with her. Jordan would complete one after another so I will be getting more of these to have on hand. Next up is this little jigsaw puzzle, this was more suited for Jasmine and she would complete all of the animals (the mouse is her favorite) and have such a sense of accomplishment on her face. The next busy/stem activity is the wooden geoboard. Jonathan and Jordan enjoyed this as it was a bit too challenging right now for Jasmine. I love to have things in the house that all the kids can enjoy and when one tires of one they can pass it down the line. I find activities that take them away from their screens are much needed since we are at home pretty much all the time.

So far this year I have been trying to do more reading, staying healthy mentally and physically. I just finished Educated and enjoyed it so much (highly recommend reading this memoir). Mainly, focusing on the things that are truly the most important which are my family and our health. Another thing that I want to try to do is just spend more time outside. I notice a huge change in everyone’s overall mood when we get outside. I know the winter months are challenging, but it is something that makes us feel better. Lastly, I made homemade bacon fried rice the other day and I have to say it was a close runner-up to take out. I used this recipe but tweaked it slightly as I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. I feel in such a cooking rut at times so I enjoy trying new recipes occasionally. I would love to hear what you are cooking this Winter?

I hope you all are staying healthy and having a wonderful start to 2021. Have a wonderful week! XO

Merry Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas Eve friends! We have been busy crossing off things from our Holiday bucket list. We made gingerbread houses (that we hot glued first because in years past it has caused a ton of frustration) and decorated them, baked sugar cookies, and ate almost all of them already! We plan on baking Santa some chocolate chip cookies for this evening. We have been reading Christmas stories and added 5 more Sleeps ‘Til Christmas to our book collection this year (thank you Mimi), it is very cute and the illustrations are adorable! We drove around and looked at Christmas lights the other evening and Jasmine was so cute in the backseat, she was amazed by every house that put any lights up! The kids are excited for Santa to come tonight and we plan on soaking up all the Christmas magic.

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday! Sending lots of love, light, and happiness! XO

Holiday Scents

’Tis the Season friends to embrace the most wonderful time of the year. I know this year has been extremely challenging for everyone. Some have been hit much harder and I am praying for everyone for better days, but one thing that I have always loved about this time of year is the smell of this season. I mean it could be a comfort meal you always make this time of year, baking all the cookies and having your home smell like a warm sugar cookie, a real Christmas tree that fills your house with its aroma. All of these scents scream the Holidays and I love to associate scents with memories.

A few ways to get your home smelling like the Holiday season is by diffusing essential oils. I have been using oils for almost a year now and love them. Christmas spirit is so festive and smells so good! This has been in our diffusers all month!

Another way is making a dehydrated orange garland. I grabbed a couple of oranges, slice them about 1/4 in thickness, place them on parchment paper, and put them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2-4 hours. Once the oranges started browning I took them out. Tie them on some twine after the oranges dry, you can add a cinnamon stick to them or stick cloves in the oranges and hang it on your tree, above a window, or on your fireplace and it’s a pretty festive garland that smells so good!

Happy Holidays friends! XO

Christmas Time

Hi friends! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday season. We have been slowly getting into the Christmas spirit and still have lots to do on our holiday bucket list. The boys will finish their last day of school on Thursday and will be on Christmas break for two weeks. We plan on baking sugar cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, driving around, and looking at Christmas lights. We are crossing our fingers for some snow! We have had mild weather so far, but there is something so magical about snow falling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! There is nothing cozier than staying in your pajamas, watching all the classic Christmas movies, and sipping hot chocolate while it’s snowing.

The kiddos are all very excited about Christmas. They are on the countdown and I can’t believe that Christmas is next week! I am looking forward to having all three kids home together and Jasmine will especially love having her brother’s home for the next couple of weeks.

I am wishing you all good health, safety, and peace during this Holiday season! XO

Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving will look different this year for many reasons. The obvious, the ongoing pandemic that we are all trying to survive and not having loved ones to celebrate with. Holidays are such a joyous time, a time of reflection of all our wonderful blessings, and reminders to be grateful, but they can be very difficult to get through when your loved ones are not there. This Thanksgiving will be especially hard, but as my Grandma did I will put on a brave face and show up for the kiddos. The boys have a short school week this week and will find out if they will be switching over to distance learning for awhile.

I like to have crafts lined up for the kids to do the day of Thanksgiving so that they can be at the kitchen table crafting, snacking, and just enjoying themselves before we eat our Thanksgiving dinner. Jasmine couldn’t wait to start coloring so I let her get a jump start since the boys are at school. We plan on making turkeys using cardstock, cutting out feathers that the kids can write all the things they are thankful for, and I printed off some Thanksgiving crosswords. If you need any Thanksgiving craft ideas search Pinterest!

Kids placemats old from Crate and Barrel similar here / Free Printable Turkey / Thanksgiving Advent Calendar old from Pottery Barn Kids / Stacking Crayons

I am so thankful for my family, friends, our home, and health. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! XO