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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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween lovelies!

Our family started off the weekend on Saturday by attending a Halloween party, so fun!  I loved seeing everyone’s costumes, plus all of the creative food they had.  We began carving our pumpkins there, and finished them at home the next day.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to our local pumpkin patch this year, but luckily our grocery store was stocked up with plenty of options.  We had never bought/carved a white pumpkin before, they are thicker and harder to carve, but oh so cool!
We’ve had our Halloween/Fall decorations up all month long, I always look forward to holidays!  I’m slowly growing my Halloween decor collection (day after Halloween sales/clearance are awesome).  My favorite are the paper bats scattered along our entryway and living room walls.
MamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenI’ve got a Power Ranger and a tiny leopard to keep me on my toes today.  Our plans for the night are making tortilla pizzas for an early dinner, then trick-or-treating around our neighborhood.  Hadley will do well, her version of “Trick-or-Treat!” is to say “Chocclliitt!”.MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenMamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenMamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenThis girl LOVES to dance.  Anywhere, anytime.MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenThere is a thoughtful meaning behind our dalmatian pumpkin, and it was all Daxxon’s idea.  A sweet dog in our family passed this year, so he wanted to create the pumpkin in her honor.
I think it turned out perfectly.

I hope you all have a fun & safe Halloween…I would love to hear all about your costumes!

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Fall Must-Haves | Twenty-sixteen

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It’s Friday!  I’ve decided to start Friday Favorites, so I’ll have a designated spot to share my most liked things for the week.  These may be products, pictures, songs…who knows!  This week I thought I would share my must-haves for this fall.MamaGroveBlog | Fall Must Haves 2016

1. Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap in Apple Cider Scent: Oh. My. Word.  This stuff smells ahhmazing!  Who wouldn’t want a pleasant fall scent to fill the air as you’re cleaning dirty dishes?  Also, it is 97% naturally derived & free of icky things like phthalates, formaldehyde, artificial colors & parabens.  Win/Win.  You can also find their Apple Cider scent in hand soap and all-purpose cleaning spray (This scent is limited edition, so stock up while you can).

2. Bath & Body Works Wallflower Refills | Leaves | Autumn:  These are the perfect for making your home more inviting.  They fill they air with wonderful scents, and there are so many choices, you are bound to find one you like!

3. L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask (Detox & Brighten):  I have used this mask a few times now; it really does what it says!  It makes my skin so smooth and brightens my complexion.  I love the fact that this mask comes in a jar, so you can take however much/little you need (no product wasted like with those little packet masks).  It smells good too!

4. MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr: Looking for the perfect fall lip color?  Look no further.  I picked this up a few weeks ago and fell in love!  Such a flattering shade.

5. Ideology Stretch Active Leggings: Leggings are a staple for me in the fall/winter months.  These ones are great; they fit well, they keep their shape through wear & washing, and they aren’t see through!

MamaGroveBlog | Fall FavoritesMamaGroveBlog | Fall FavoritesIf you make your way to Bath & Body Works, make sure to pick up one of these lovely
Wallflower Plugins to go with your scents!
Seriously though, is there even a way to make a pretty face while wearing a mask?? MamaGroveBlog | Mask

 

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DIY | hello fall sign

Oh happy day, Autumn has arrived!
I love everything about Fall. The colors, the scents, the pumpkin spice everything (hello, coffee)!  A new season means new decor goes up in our house, but my search for Fall decorations always falls short.  So what do I do in that case?  Make my own!   One thing about making your own decor is that you can match it to an existing color scheme if you already have some pieces you like.

So lets get started, shall we?!

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Step 1 |  Print out your wording (or trace onto tissue paper like I did, makes it a little easier to work with) & layout your design.  You’ll want to space your lettering and picks apart a bit so it doesn’t get too cluttered.

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Step 2 | Place your paper/tissue paper wording on your board and secure the edges with tape.  Using a light colored pencil, trace your lettering, pushing down enough to indent the wood (but not rip the paper).  Afterwards I lifted the tissue paper off and went over the indentations with a white pencil so I could see the lines better.  Go ahead and fill the lettering in with paint and let dry.

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Step 3 | Using another font of your choice (you’ll want a thick one), make another paper outline for your next word.  Place and secure with tape.  This next part is somewhat tedious, but worth it in the end!  Using a needle nose pliers (this helps keep the nail straight and your fingers safe), place a nail along the first letter.  A few light taps with the hammer should secure the nail, you don’t want it to go all the way through the board.  Continue along the pattern, spacing out the nails approx. 1/2 inch or so (I don’t measure each space, it doesn’t have to be perfect).  After you have finished your pattern, carefully tear the paper away from the nails.  A few small pieces may get stuck under the nails, these are easily pulled out with a tweezers.

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Step 4 | Take your embroidery floss and tie a knot around one of the nails and trim the edge.  I start off by wrapping the floss one time around each nail then onto the next, until I have gone once around the letter.  After that, there is no rhyme or reason, just weave that floss in and out, through and around until your letter looks filled in.  If you are working with a cursive font, you can just continue until your whole word is done.  If there is a break in your lettering (as shown), just tie/knot off and start again on the next letter.  Be careful not too pull your floss too tight, as you want to push the floss downward towards the wood while you are wrapping (leaving enough space on the nail to go over again).

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Step 5 | Time to turn on that glue gun!  I trimmed most of the ends off my picks, leaving just the pretty stuff.  Place a good amount of hot glue on the back of your pick, then place onto your sign.  I took a few leaves off the pick and added them to the top.  When the glue cools, you are done!  Hang that baby up and enjoy all of your hard work.

My wood came with a string to hang already attached – but if need be, it’s super simple to find a hanging kit at your local craft store & attach.

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I ended up making 2, because why not!  One to keep & one to gift.  

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