Your Last Holiday To-Do List | Present Over Perfect

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks earlier, but here it is now! This year, I have talked a lot about a simpler Christmas. More minimal decorations. Fewer to-dos. Which I guess is why the title of this is a bit ironic. But with it being the week before Christmas, I thought I’d share with you a few to-dos that will make your life easier, less hectic and more meaningful. Stop buying presents and be present. Don’t worry about that last minute person who got you a gift and don’t worry about the stockings being packed to the brim.…

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Shopping Small Business, Making a Big Difference

Thank you PayPal for sponsoring this post. Shop small merchants with PayPal to make your holiday shopping a breeze. If you have been around for a while, you know how passionate I am about supporting small businesses. I’ve always been about supporting the local and their hearts and hard work. And I can say from personal experience how much joy it brings small businesses when people support and shop from them. It never get’s old. The internet has made it so much easier for you to be able to support these local businesses and makers and even from the comfort…

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5 Tips for Better Sleep and Sweeter Dreams

Saturday mornings are my favorite. Ian get’s Cove out of bed, and the two of them come in and wake me up after letting me sleep in just a little bit. It’s one of those things I honestly dreamed about before having babies, slow Saturday mornings with my family, and I absolutely look forward to them all week long. These pictures are from last Saturday (our first slow Saturday morning in a while) and Cove and I hanging out in bed for a bit before we got ready for the day. When it comes to sleep, I simply cannot do without…

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A Little Life Update | Basement Renovations + 17 Weeks & More

It’s been a little while since I shared what’s going on with us, so I thought I would give a little update for those who are interested. I’m sure you’ve picked up on little tidbits here and there, but we’re currently in the process of renovating part of the basement – OURSELVES. Well, when I say “ourselves”, Ian has been doing all of the work and I’ve just been doing my part here and there… Basically, moral support and bringing snacks, ha. We decided with the second baby on the way, and Ian working from home a few days a week,…

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Daily Routines and Cold Weather Skin Care + $100 Giveaway to Mustela

I’ve used lotion daily, usually morning and night, since I was in high school. I’ve always heard it helps keep your skin glowing and healthier, and figured the younger I started, the better off I would be. It’s been really funny to see how intensely Cove watches every move I make and how much he mimics. When I get ready in the morning, he wants to do everything I do – from brushing his teeth to combing his hair and putting on lotion just like me. In fact, he likes to put on lotion so much, we have to limit…

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A Moment Captured For A Lifetime

*This post was sponsored by Framebridge. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included in this post, I’ll be compensated if someone clicks on an affiliate link and makes a purchase. Photography is something our family holds very close. It’s something we enjoy doing together and most of all, it captures moments and memories that we never want to forget. Over the past six years, we’ve worked on refining our style and implementing some of those captures into our home. You guys may remember I shared last year about our special beach trip with Cove – you can read it…

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Print of Your Heart

About three years ago, Ian and I decided not to purchase each other Christmas presents. I say that, but usually every time we say we’re not going to get each other presents, Ian still is so sweet and picks me up something beautiful or makes something beyond what I could have ever wanted. That year, in true Ian fashion, he gave me a Christmas present about a week before Christmas. He made wooden frames and burned things he loved about me on the the bottom of each one. He then had square prints from Social Print Studio printed with some of…

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Mini Me Cleaning & The Safe Way to Clean Your Hardwoods

  About three years ago, We decided to rip up almost all the flooring in our home and replace it all with hardwoods. Because I love the real deal, we decided to stick with hardwoods like the ones we had in the kitchen and entry way. We had every room downstairs, minus the master bath, done, and it has been the best decision we made in renovating our home. I love not having to vacuum and knowing that my floors are clean. Part of our decision to put hardwoods throughout the house had to do with expecting Cove later that year. I knew…

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Colorful Meals | Mixed Berry Salad and Fresh Shrimp and Steak Skewers

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.  Dinner time in the kitchen is my jam. (I really can’t believe I just said “jam”… I guess I’m proving that I am a nineties baby…) It’s that time of the day I get to work on something delicious to feed my boys so we can share a meal together. Since we have had Cove, I really appreciate a home-cooked meal with them. I used to love eating out, but I’ve become so much more of an…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas: Living Simply & Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year where we start packaging up loads of trash bags with items we’ve managed to collect in our house but never use and dust out every nook and corner in our home to make it squeaky clean. Spring Cleaning. You may remember, when the beautiful Hannah Renee asked me to join the Let’s Be Honest Mamas panel. This time around, I was so excited to team up with her and a handful of other beautiful mamas (all at the bottom of this post) to share about living simply and our spring cleaning routine. You can read our previous Let’s…

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It’s Spring: Time To Clean

I can’t say I’m a fan of cleaning… But there is something about spring that really get’s me in the mood to clean out every nook and cranny. Ian has walked in on me multiple times pulling everything out of the bathroom cabinets, closets and our pantry, before asking me why I decided to start cleaning at 9 o’clock at night. I never really have a good answer for it, but it’s just some weird urge that overtakes me, and it always seems to hit me late at night. I am trying to be more proactive by starting earlier in the day…

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A Little Book Goes A Long Way

In my mind, every year is a year for the books. Whether it is the best year of our lives or we’ve been to hell and back, each year is one of growing, shaping and celebration. After all, we aren’t promised tomorrow. Every day we have here counts. With that in mind, Ian and I have always done yearly photo books. We love to take pictures. We are so grateful we enjoy documenting things all the time because it is so great to look back and remember seasons and specific memories we shared with each other. In the past it has…

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Christmas Recap | 2016

I can now say that there are few things sweeter than watching your child run with excitement to the tree filled with gifts, and then sitting on your lap as he opens each one with a sweet glimmer in his eyes. I feel like each year is going to get more excited as he learns what Christmas is all about. I think the best part for me was when he first saw all of his gifts, he went to his books first, grabbed one and brought it to us to read. We’re raising a book worm and I am totally okay…

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Cooking with Hello Fresh

With Christmas quickly approaching and Ian’s business moving ahead full steam, things have been so busy around here. When Hello Fresh dropped off their box on my doorstep, I did a little happy dance knowing that I didn’t have to brave the grocery store or do any meal planning that week. Before this year, I was terrible at meal planning and cooking in general. But I was determined to change our eating habits and work to save some money in the process so I started, (which you can read about here). There are seasons of life where sometimes there is just…

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Thoughts on Things | Christmas trees, Traditions and My Favorite Recipes Currently

Although last year was one of the best Christmases because we became a family of three, it also felt like we skipped over everything due to our newborn fatigue and the fact it was almost 80 degrees here. Now that we have a little boy walking around, I am so excited for this year’s festivities. Everything seems more magical when you are experiencing it for the first time with someone. Cove now points at the tree when we ask him where the ‘Christmas’ tree is, and whispers when we get close to the lights like he is experiencing something magical. It…

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smart and Secure

I have always loved technology and gadgets, but it’s a love / hate relationship. My fear of where technology CAN go and where I think it will, stops me from integrating it into our home most of the time. The high price of smart home products also plays a huge role into my decision. The smart home concept has matured over the past few years, and prices for these products has become more affordable. When a new smart gadget comes out, whether it be a smart security camera, wifi connected light switch or a smart lock, I like to wait a while for…

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