Hadley’s 2nd Birthday

Last weekend we celebrated Hadley’s 2nd birthday with family & friends.  How is that even possible?!  It seems like just yesterday I was rocking her to sleep, curled up in a ball on my chest.  Time, you sure are a thief.

Her party theme was donuts & brunch.  I get so excited for birthdays, especially the children’s.  There is something so magical, a day just to celebrate them.  I go a little Pinterest crazy the weeks before, trying to make things extra special.
//Donut Floatie //Dress //Necklace On the menu was brunch-y foods, including this delicious egg bake, pink punch, and a fun donut bar with all the toppings!  We picked up donuts from our local bakery & mixed up homemade vanilla and chocolate buttercream frostings.  It was fun to see all the varieties guests came up with.  So many family members came out to celebrate, in a snow storm to boot!
We have one very loved little girl, that’s for sure.   

The day of her actual birthday we hung out at home and kept it low key.  Kyle came home from the grocery store with flowers for the birthday girl and I about lost it.  It was one of the sweetest daddy/daughter moments I have witnessed.  ♥ ♥
That night Hadley helped make dinner (she loves to cook!), we played tried to play Candyland, and sang Happy Birthday about 10 times… she was all smiles the entire time.  Overall, I think she had a pretty great birthday celebrated with lots of love.

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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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Brown Sugar Apple Dip

 

My mother-in-law introduced me to this recipe way back when I was pregnant with my son.
I never knew making a sweet, delicious fruit dip was so easy.  Three ingredients, that’s it.
And it is so good, you’ll want to eat ALL THE APPLES!

MamaGroveBlog | Brown Sugar Apple Dip

|Ingredients|

✷8oz block of cream cheese (softened)
✷1/2 cup brown sugar
✷1 tsp of vanilla
+ apples to dip )

Place ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.  Chill in refrigerator for 30 mins and enjoy!  (I’ve only tried this dip with apples, but I bet it would be great with other fruit as well)

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