BOO!!! We’re back!

Nothing like a 6 month hiatus!
I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and you are enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather we’ve been having  🍂 🍁🍃🍂 (my absolute favorite season!).

I took a pause from blogging to focus on something important; health.  Back in March of this year, the hubby and I decided to take a huge step towards getting healthy and losing weight (something we had always talked about, but never took serious action on, until now).  We switched to a low carb lifestyle, and let me tell you… it has been pretty life changing.  I myself have lost a little over 30lbs so far and the hubs around 25lbs. Not only do we look better, but we feel great!  In the past month we have added in weightlifting and the results I’m starting to see from that are pretty amazing as well.  You can check out my results and follow along my journey here.  I plan on doing a more detailed blog post once I am closer to my goals.

Our summer went by entirely too fast.  The kids spent every minute they could get running around outside. Hadley mastered her scooter, she’s a total pro now.  Daxxon took on another season of baseball and made even more friends in the neighborhood.  And besides doing tons of healthy cooking & meal prepping, Kyle and I had a much needed mini getaway for our 5th anniversary.  We went hiking at Taylor’s Falls and checked out a local sculpture garden.
Now we are well into Fall with Christmas being only 62 days away.  What?!

Onto something a little more current, our visit to the pumpkin patch!  It was a chaotic, sass filled adventure, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Loving these snaps I got of the kids. 

The weather was perfect, 70° and sunny.  We went over MEA break so of course it was super busy!  The kids were eager to find their perfect pumpkin, carefully examining each one.  My favorite type of pumpkins were the Cinderella variety (if you’ve never seen them, google it).  So whimsical and unusual, no wonder they have a fairy-tale derived name.
Our trip didn’t go quite as smoothly as I had hoped, but does it ever?  (In a mother’s dreams!)
Trying to get both kids to sit AND smile for a picture where they are both looking is near to impossible.  Not to mention miss Hadley was full of attitude that day, and very independent.  She was a little upset when she couldn’t pull the wagon full of pumpkins herself…keep working on those muscles, girl!  Hadley was into the smaller pumpkins, while Daxxon was checking out the white ones.  His plan is to turn it into a Dalmatian, like he did the year before.  Love it!
Of course our trip wouldn’t be complete without Hadley falling trying to get out of the wagon and ripping her brand new pants.  Oh, and when you have pumpkins rolling around in the trunk, they may come out stemless, just saying.

Despite the chaos, I loved spending the day with our crew.  After the pumpkin patch we stopped at Minnesota’s largest candy store and let the kids pick out a few treats before making our way to Target to pick out Halloween costumes.
(Are we crazy for buying the kids candy before Halloween?  Maybe.  But it’s all about the experience!)
Looks like we will be having a tiny doctor & a Minecraft Creeper on our hands this year!

So happy to be blogging again, oh how I’ve missed it.
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Hello 2017

We are already more than a week into 2017, craziness!  I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with lots of family & good food.  The end to our year was spent couped up in the house, as our littles were sick with the flu.  Despite being sick, they were still in good spirits Christmas morning and excited as ever to open their gifts from Santa.  There is something so magical in the joy kids exude while ripping off that wrapping paper.  

New Years Eve was low key, as the kids were still recovering from illness.  The hubby and I stayed up for the countdown and enjoyed some sparkling wine.  I also picked up these delicious champagne gummy bears to top it off, so good!
We spent our first week of the new year making up for missed Christmas get-togethers.
This lovely little bottle arrived just in time for the new year.  It smells divine and truly is relaxing.  My favorite way to use it is to diffuse it along with a few drops of tangerine; it creates such a calm & inviting environment.  I am looking forward to learning even more ways to incorporate oils into our lives this year!
If you want to know more about YL Essential Oils, check out more info here and feel free to contact me through the form with any questions!I’ve been doing a ton of thinking about changes and goals I want to make in my life.  The husband and I recently watched ‘Minimalism: A Documentary’ on Netflix and it was pretty eye opening.  I have felt for a while now that we just have too much “stuff”, and watching this really put it into perspective.  So one of our goals is to declutter and get rid of things we really don’t need.  There are many plus sides to this, one being the house will be a lot easier to clean…win!  Less time spent picking up & more time spent with family.  Along with getting rid of the clutter, I really want to do some serious organizing to make the rest of the “stuff” more manageable.
Another thing that coincides with minimalism is being mindful of what we buy.  To really ask ourselves do we need this?  Will it be used/bring joy to our life, is it a quality item?  Just a few things to ponder!

less stuff,
more life.

Something else I need to focus on this year is myself.  I am constantly thinking about what everyone else needs to make their day go smooth, but hardly ever do I stop to think about what I need.  So many times I will feel guilty about going out for a girls night and leaving the kids home with Dad, I just need to let myself take a break sometimes and stop worrying so much!

As far as blogging goals, I definitely need to set aside more time to write.  All too often I feel rushed, putting together posts at the last minute; it’s a bad habit of mine.  I would also love to focus more on my photography skills & possibly do some redesigning to my blog.

I am definitely looking forward to making some positive changes in this new year.
Make 2017 a good one!

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