Memorial Day

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Lake season is back as wonderful as ever this year. We’ve been out to my parents lake property at least three or four times and it never feels like enough. We spent the long Memorial Day weekend out there for four days and the boys still cried when we had to leave.

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My parents have a wakeboarding boat, fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, jet skis, a paddleboat, four wheelers, everything you could ever want to play on and have a great time. We are really lucky to get to have somewhere so wonderful to go spend our weekends all summer  (and winter) and be together as a family. As fun as all of the boats and things are, it’s really the time spent with family that makes it a special place.

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Sawyer caught his first fish over the weekend. He’s always had those Disney poles that have the fake rubber fish on the end and was too young to realize he wouldn’t catch any thing with that, and since I liked not having to worry about a 4 year old walking around with a long stick with a hook on the end, it was fine, but this summer he was ready to move up to a real pole and real hook and bait. He was excited when he caught something but not so much about having to help take it off the line to throw it back in.

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We spent a lot of time on the water with fun swim breaks and time at the rope swing, and can’t wait to get back out there.

Valentine’s Day Round-Up

With Valentine’s Day coming up quickly, I know some of you are already on the hunt for great ideas for crafts and recipes, I thought I’d share some great post by some of my fellow bloggers that I think you love, and hopefully you’ll check out mine too, (It’s the second one!)

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!



Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home


Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts – Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal


How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang


Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma


Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books


War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?

Two Years!

Two weeks ago Brandon and I celebrated our two-year anniversary. Since we had a crazy day and didn’t really get to make it too special, I did take the time to look through our wedding pictures again, taken by the amazing Olivia Griffin. I loved reminiscing on what a perfect and beautiful day it was! I thought I ‘d share some of my favorite pictures!


I can’t wait to see what the next two years bring!!!

That photo of us with all of our nieces and nephews- can you believe there have been five more babies born in our family since then? And once more on the way? (not me)

Free Daily Planner for Bloggers

Blog Planner

I love being able to have a place to check-off the things I do each day and jot down any thoughts I have. I couldn’t find one that I liked online so I made this one and thought I’d share it with everyone! I included a place to write blog post ideas for fellow bloggers. It has a place to write the date at the top, a space for to-dos, pictures to take, blog post ideas, and every day jobs (answer emails, voicemails, work-out, and drink water). I hope you like it! To print, just click on the picture at the top and you can print right from that page or save it to your computer! It is sized for 8.5X11 paper.

Daily Planner Blog Printable

p.s.- The pretty floral scroll thing is courtesy of Shabby Blogs blog.

Positive People

I’ve written a few blog post the last few days, but posted none. They just didn’t feel right. I don’t want to say some fluffy filler things that aren’t worth reading. But, tonight, I feel like this needs to be said.


Since I got pregnant, and even before, when we were considering starting a family, I frequently turned to the internet for advice, opinions, knowledge, etc. I have always been a fan of learning things for myself simply by googling it. Broken shower? Googled it, learned how, it’s fixed. Baby won’t sleep? Googled that too. Still not fixed, by got many tips and advice. Anyhow, as of late, many of the things I have googled, (that’s a word, right?) have to do with parenting. Taking care of Sawyer is my 24/7 job so it’s on my mind 24/7. I often click the links on the first page, which lead to an assortment of various baby websites, blogs, forum, etc. But as I’ve read these things, I try to gather the information I need and then get off quickly. Why? Because there is so much negativity towards parenting.

I find it really sad. A helpless sounding, and no doubt worn out and tired mom will ask "what can I do to help my baby sleep better?" and there will be thirty responses accusing her of doing all the wrong thing already, or saying it won’t get better; there is little useful advice given, and often no reassurance or positive thoughts. Is this really all that we have as humans to offer each other? Judgmental comments? Reading that woman’s post, I wanted so badly to give her a hug, tell her it will be okay, and snuggle her baby for her so she could get some sleep, or at the very least, write a nice comment, even if I have no helpful advice, a kind word does so much for the soul.

I know not everyone is guilty of this and yay for you if you are not but I just hope that this serves as some kind of reminder to us that we are all going through some kind of trial, we are all doing the best we can and we have no need to be so harsh on each other. I fully believe that what we send out comes back to us somehow and if we send out negativity, we will get it back. I know I want as much positive vibes my way as possible. So let’s lift each other up; when you see someone who needs help, don’t just observe, serve! We all can do something, even if it is small. The world needs more positive people. Be one!

Thanks for listening to my soapbox 🙂DSC_4850

In case that didn’t fulfill your day, here’s a pillow with Sawyer’s face on it 🙂