Happy 7th Birthday Girls!

Today my little ladies turn 7! They started 2nd grade last week, and are enjoying their new friends and teacher.

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Every year, I write a Happy Birthday post to them and share words that describe them.

Happy Birthday Lila!

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Helpful

Caring

Silly

Careful

Sweet

Loving

Mommy’s Girl

Happy Birthday Mia!

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Independent

Chatty

Helpful

Loves learning

Self confident

Girly

My mini me

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Happy Birthday ladies! We love you so much!

My Life In Pictures: February 16 – 29, 2016

Back in October, I started what I thought was the best idea EVER: To share my Instagram pictures a couple of times a month since I can’t seem to find time to write! I decided to call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here. So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

I shared a picture of Ethan’s freckles, and so of course I have to share Mia’s too!

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Lila doesn’t have them as predominantly as the other two, but how old is that kid again? She looks like she’s 6 going on 16…

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The girls went to the Father Daughter Dance at school with their very handsome Daddy! I can’t believe how big they are getting. I may or may not have cried.

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I have never been prouder of Lila then when she got a Teacher’s Choice Award for her HUGE progress in reading! She went from reading (way) below grade level to reading at the exact level she should be at! She worked so hard to improve, and she now looks forward to our nightly reading.

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Spring is here! And I have the allergy symptoms to prove it. If you’re in the same boat I am, I have some makeup tips here for how to avoid allergy face. A friend of mine mentioned that essential oils may help? Anybody have an luck with that? Or tips? I could really use some advice!

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I shared the simplest trick ever to easily clean a Foreman grill after posting this picture and a friend complaining about having to clean the grill. People went crazy for it!

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Well, it finally happened. I’ve become a Soccer Mom. Jason is coaching Ethan’s soccer team, which means my car has officially turned in to a moving locker. It’s really pain too because when I go grocery shopping I have to pile groceries on top of cones, balls, chairs, equipment, water bottles, dirty socks, and all kinds of other fun stuff. 

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And I am SUPER excited about this! My 6 year blog anniversary is coming up in just a couple of weeks, so I’ve decided to  redo my blog! I don’t know if I’ll be doing it all myself, but I decided to pick up Melissa Culbertson’s book Blog Design for Dummies. I’m so excited about this book that I’m going to review it soon.

Let me tell you, even if you are a new blogger, interested in blogging, or aren’t considering a blog makeover, you need to read this book! It is FULL of such great advice and how to’s, and even after all these years of blogging, I learned a ton. I highly recommend you reading Blog Design for Dummies because it will help your blogging game. I also recommend that you subscribe to Melissa’s blog Blog Clarity.

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I need your help! I’m thinking of making this a bi-weekly or monthly link up. Would you participate?

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My Life In Pictures: January 16 – 31, 2016

Back in October, I started what I thought was the best idea EVER: To share my Instagram pictures a couple of times a month since I can’t seem to find time to write! I decided to call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here. So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

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It’s time to get back on the workout wagon, so when I found this shirt, I had to have it! To say that I don’t like burpees is a HUGE understatement. I’m more of a yoga/pilates girl myself. I started Chalene Johnson’s PiYo Workout, and it’s not easy but I’m really enjoying it.

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I set up my Valentine’s Day mantle, and I love it! Even my husband says that he likes I’m changing up the mantle for all of the different holidays/seasons.

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Our little hummingbirds are back and making their nests for the spring.The kids like to think that this is the baby hummingbird that we took care of last spring when Mia decided to take the babies out of their nests and play with them. Luckily, this nest is too high for the girls to reach.

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I took this picture because it shows Ethan and Lila sitting together chatting. I always say they are enemies and BFFs rolled up into one. But when I posted it on Instagram, everybody commented on our new kitchen. I’ve tried to not post too many pictures since it’s STILL not done, but stay tuned! Before and after pictures are on the way.

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I had to share this gorgeous purple sunset. It’s the little things in life that are reminders of how blessed we are.

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I bought this book titled The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss by Kulreet Chaudhary simply because I grew up with the author! I haven’t spoken to her since high school, however I’m still proud of her. Book review coming soon, but if you’re looking to change your eating habits (whether you are trying to lose weight or not) this book is eye opening!

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Ethan and I went to his Mother/Son Night with his school, and went bowling. We went to dinner at one of his favorite places, Macaroni Grill, where we had dessert for dinner!

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Mia is starting to do her homework with just a little bit of help from me! It’s exciting to watch her become more independent and self confident. She’s even helping Lila with her homework. This is both exciting and a little bittersweet – just one more reminder about how fast they are growing.

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My Life In Pictures: October 1 – 15

Recently a bunch of us in one of my favorite Facebook groups were all complaining about not having time to write on our own blogs because of jobs and kids and lives outside of the computer. That’s when someone threw out the idea to writing a post in pictures! Take your photos from Instagram, and add them to a post with a short description so that everybody can see what you’ve been up to. I loved the idea because it will also make me take more pictures! So here’s what I’ve been up to…

PicMonkey Collage I’ve always heard of Oak Glen and thought it would be fun to go there and pick apples, so while Jason was working one day we decided to go. We met friends there, and I snapped these pictures. These girls are all so cute together! I am fortunate to have lots of friends who have kids the same age as mine, and we all hope these girls will be friends for life…they’ve been lifelong friends so far!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to pick apples, but we’ll definitely be going back to do that soon!

PS – Ethan was with us too, and refused to have his picture taken with a bunch of girls.

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The kids are usually terrible at knock-knock jokes, so I was surprised when Lila came up with a good one!

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We finally got some rain in So Cal! It wasn’t nearly enough to end the drought, but every little bit helps. And shockingly, I even got a pretty incredible (considering my photography skills) picture of a gorgeous rainbow!

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Last week, my sister mentioned getting together for dinner, and I told her about this AMAZING recipe for a Garlicky Chicken & Kale pizza that I had found on Pinterest. We made lots of changes to it, and this recipe is AMAZING. Everybody will love it.

PicMonkey Collage1 And seriously, this picture is the reason I have no time. We are completely remodeling our kitchen and downstairs. From the floors to the ceiling, everything is changing. That first picture is what my house has looked like for months (literally). The second picture is a sneak peek of our new flooring and kitchen…stay tuned for more. We still have paint and countertops and a bathroom to redo, so before and after pictures are awhile off. But I can’t wait to share!

Do you like the idea of doing a post on your life in pictures? If so, leave me a comment – if enough people are interested, I’ll start a link up next week!

Happy 6th Birthday Girls!

Today my baby girls turn 6. Last week they started first grade. They are big girls now, I no longer have babies in the house.

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Last year we celebrated the kids’ birthdays with a big birthday party. This year is more low key. We went to Build-A-Bear and will take them to dinner tonight. They are just as happy with that as with the big party!

Happy Birthday Lila!

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Strong Willed

Sweet

Caring

Helpful

Funny

Loving

Happy Birthday Mia!

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Girly

Loves Learning

Imaginative

Curious

Sensitive

My Little Shadow

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Happy birthday ladies! We love you!