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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
Happy Spring! It’s finally starting to feel like Spring here (even though we did get some light snow the other day) but overall Spring is here. We have been walking the boys to school each morning and enjoying every minute of being outside. Once the boys are off to school Jasmine likes to ride around the block on her bike. The trees are all really pretty right now that they are in full bloom, but it has activated all of our allergies. With the changing seasons especially in Spring, I always diffuse lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils and make rollers so that we can roll this blend on our necks, backs of ears, and chests. It seems to help if you suffer from allergies.
In other news, the boys have started outdoor soccer and have their first games this weekend. Everyone is excited! They have practice three nights out of the week so it seems like we will be living at the park and soccer fields for the next few months, which I don’t mind at all!
I made these bunny pancakes on Easter and the kiddos thought they were so cute. We have made them several times since and they will probably be around all Spring. It’s a fun way to kick start any weekend!
Hi friends! I am happy to report that the kiddo’s Easter baskets are all put together. I gathered goodies throughout the month. Whenever I would pop into our local grocery store without any kids with me I would usually grab an Easter candy or item. The kids will come running to me as soon as I walk in the door so I have a small window of stashing the goodies without them questioning me what’s in the bag!
Their baskets are filled with books, this playdough and I added some Easter cookie cutters I had already to their mini rolling pins, paint sticks, pajamas, and candy! I like to stick things in there that they need and I have to get anyway, like pajamas. This time of year it’s starting to warm up and we are ready for lighter pajamas.
The boys are back to school and they couldn’t be happier about it. Overall we had a great break and are ready to get back into the swing of things. This week will be busy for us. Jonathan and Jordan are starting outdoor soccer again (which they haven’t played in over a year) and Jonathan has his first practice this week. It’s Jonathan’s Birthday on Friday and Easter on Sunday. I have a few more things to grab for his Birthday party and Easter and we should be all set!
We plan on decorating Easter eggs, having bunny-shaped pancakes, and I made the kiddos bunny-shaped mac-n-cheese the other day! So we are ready for all of the festivities.
Over this past weekend, we had such beautiful weather on Saturday, both our front and back doors were open and it was so nice to get fresh air in the house. I am looking forward to many more of these types of days!
Sending lots of love, nice weather, and good health to you all! XO
The boys have been on Spring Break for the past two weeks and I wish I could report that we were able to get outside a lot, but it has been so cold in our region. We even woke up to snow a few mornings. Needless to say, we have been stuck inside for a good portion of their break. However, we did have just a few nice days that we did go to several parks and were able to walk around our neighborhood.
With Easter just a week or so away we decided that we needed to get some Easter crafting happening. Jordan made the cutest bunny all by himself (his creativity amazes me sometimes). Another craft we did was just using construction paper I cut out an egg shape on just white paper and let the kids paint using pastel colors. I love to see what designs they come up with. Once they were finished and the paint dried, we glued them on a different color piece of construction paper and then I laminated them.
Another fun activity that gets you out of the house is we took a nature walk around the block (Jonathan rollerbladed) and I had the kids find small egg-shaped rocks. Once we were home I washed the rocks, let them dry, and the kids painted the rocks like Easter eggs. They love doing things like this and it is a nice way to get some fresh air and let their creative side come out.
I hope you are having a wonderful Spring Break! XO