autumn bucket list

when seasons change we talk about the things we want to do or are looking forward to and with the help of carline down time i actually got  the chance to write up our bucket list for fall!

then there’s the things i want to do and sneak on the list in hopes of tricking my family into doing them haha - i’ve been adding apple picking to the list every year for as long as i can remember and we’ve only gone once... but of course trick or treating never gets skipped!

can’t wait for the temperatures and weather to catch up with the season!



what i'm loving | kopari beauty (and why i stopped selling lipsense)

my love affair with kopari beauty all began out of a search for a deodorant that actually worked and didn't have any dumb ingredients in it like aluminum (eye roll). i seriously was starting to feel like i would never find one - i tried everything on store shelves and whatever i could find online and always ended up smelling like a weird combo of strange herbs and b.o. haha. enter kopari! their deodorant hasn't let me down yet and i've been using it for months!

once i was hooked on their deo i started branching out to some of their other products. so far i've been happy with everything i've tried - and i love that the base for everything is coconut! smells delicious and is a natural ingredient. i'm in love with the shower oil and lip scrub! i've even caved at this point and have every color lip gloss - obsessed is an understatement.

the best part about these products other than the fact that they actually work is that they're natural and not full of random crap that i would never knowingly put on my skin or in my body. i just wish i found this company sooner...

some of you might remember that not too long ago i was actually a distributor for senegence (the company that sells lipsense). i truly did love lipsense and thought it was so much fun and even branched out to their other products - and was having a blast sharing everything with you but in the back of my head i was always worrying/wondering what chemicals and ingredients were actually in this stuff making it stay put and last so long... it never felt good to me and finally those thoughts went from the back of my mind to the front and i just had to step away. i'm not a scientist and i don't know what all the labels on every senegence product even say but i just wanted better for myself and in turn everyone i was sharing with!

i also realized that i wasn't loving slathering make up on my face all the time - i just wanted to have great skin care that kept my skin great - i don't want to cover it up i just want to wear my skin haha. granted i need my lashes and brows on to feel ready but beyond that i just want to have great skin!

anyway - that's why i'm sharing my love of kopari with you. the picture above is just half of my actual kopari haul haha. it's an ever growing thing! and as i said - i'm really just wanting great skincare and will continue to share my favorite products beyond kopari, too.


not sure if every link inserted is actually going to work - but some of them may get you and me some free products!
i am not being paid by kopari to post this - i genuinely use these products daily and love this company.


it's been forever..

i mean - what else is new? i always do this. blog a few times.. remember how much i love it.. and then get super busy with life and all the things i don't know how to say no to that i let this fall to the back burner. whenever i feel balanced in life i always seem to be my own worst enemy and disrupt the balance. it's almost as if i enjoy torturing myself??.. that can't be it.. can it?

this is for sure going to be our craziest and busiest year yet! between babe's gymnastics schedule and all the extra curricular activities buddy is signed up for i'm gonna be living in my car. i should probably just become an uber driver while i'm at it ha!

despite the fact that it's going to be completely insane (the good kind of insane - i swear that exists) i also took a position on my kid's school's pto, am doing the dual room mom thing again and that's really just the tip of the iceberg haha.

back when i still had them at home with me 24/7 i dreamed of these days and now that i'm living them i constantly have these two thoughts running through my head: 1. why in the world do i keep doing this to myself?! 2. omg these years are going way too fast i'm going to miss this so much when it's over.

could my brain & heart be any more split in two!?

i just hope i can settle into the moments where i can kind of sit back and take it all in. they're not gonna want me at school forever and i'm insanely grateful that i get the opportunity to be as involved as i am i just don't want it to be so go go go that all of the sudden i look around and realize it's over and i never really settled in.. does that make sense?

man... this thing called motherhood is an ever changing season of moments that make you want to pull your hair out or take your breath away.



have you tried daily harvest?!

i have to start by saying this is not an ad. i'm not getting paid and i've purchased the product for my family.
i wasn't given anything for free. i legit love this company and their products!

have you heard of daily harvest??
let me tell you - these little cups of frozen goodness have changed our eating habits for the better! even my kids love them and there's kale in some of them KALE. my kids are eating/drinking kale without making faces or feeding it to the dogs [insert praise hands]

you choose the amount of cups you want delivered and how often and even the specific amount of which flavors/recipes you want!! it's super customizable and pretty much fool-proof.

i know you might be thinking 'but making smoothies is so easy, why do i need pre-packaged fruit/veggies?' well - i'm here to tell you do! i love smoothies and making them but i always make recipes i'm super familiar with or have a heavy hand with the bananas and strawberries and add a leaf of kale or spinach to trick myself into thinking i'm being healthy haha. with daily harvest i don't have to trick myself or even wash any fruit or bust out a cutting board. the smoothies make the best breakfasts and snacks - i even have them for lunch somedays AND they make SUNDAES.. yup, healthy 'ice-cream'!!

all you need is a freezer, blender, straws and to follow the super simple steps on the cup:

1: choose your smoothie (pictured: acai + cherry - our family favorite is the strawberry + peach smoothie - yum!), liquid you'll be blending with (pictured: coconut water) and blender.
2: take off the lid (save it) - remove and toss the plastic seal.
3: fill your cup to the brim with you blending liquid (sometimes you may need to add a little more once everything is in the blender so don't put it away yet)
4: dump everything into the blender - do not throw out the cup!
5: admire all the colors and goodness you're about to eat!
6: blend until smooth
7: pour smoothie back into the cup it came in.
8: put the top back on + pop in a straw!
9: enjoy!!

seriously - it's that easy to get in a quick meal or snack that you don't have to feel guilty about and you'll definitely drink every smoothie to the last drop!!

let me know if you have any questions about daily harvest - i'm happy to help and get you started!


meet dug!

i have just met you and i love you.

yup. we got a puppy and named him after the talking dog from up! if you haven't seen up you need to get on that and if you have then you totally understand haha.

he's the cutest and sweetest and we love him so much!!

bauer and cinderella are getting along with him really well! it took a couple days for them to really warm up to him - but i think they just wanted to make sure he was actually staying haha.

we're all beyond obsessed with dug but we would really like for him to stop growing because that is happening way way way too fast.

okay .. i'm just going to post a ton of adorable puppy-ness now: