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It’s Birthday Season! How we Celebrate

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This post is sponsored by Collective Bias.Every year, we exit vacation season and enter the frenzied days of back to school. When most people finally have a little down time before holidays kick into high gear, our family is enjoying BIRTHDAY SEASON! It goes from my dad's big day to my brother-in-law's celebration straight into Nate's and Sidekick's and...

Your Home WiFi is NOT Secure

using home wifi on the cell phone
This is what I call my "home WiFi nook." I do so much work on-the-go, but it's right here in this cozy spot that I truly get things accomplished. I parent, I write, I share family photos and aggregate content. I watch TV and talk to Nate. This is my area. My safe place.I have numerous pictures of friends...

Van Camping with the Honda Odyssey

van doesn't need this vacuum
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have caught some pics from our Odyssey Road Trip over the last couple weeks. That's right. We went van camping.When I tell people that I packed up my toddler and baby and trekked 2800 miles in 10 days making numerous one-night camping stops along the way, the usual response is, "Wow,...

Keychain Books (Not your Average Photo Gift)

around the table with GG
We got to see GG up in Poulsbo during our road trip. It was an emotional journey, as it's been years since I've made it up to the Washington place. Last time I was there, I got engaged. The smell of blackberries and the rustic red brick invaded my head as I approached the doorway - always entering through...

Last Minute Dinner…with Last Minute Guests

last minute dinner
I found out at about 2pm yesterday that my sister was going to be dropping by for dinner last night. Score! I'm always happy to see Colby. But that meant I had to plan a last minute dinner for four and a half people (Colby, Nate, Brian, Some Boy and I), instead of my previous plan of scrounging around...

A Rubber Ducky Birthday

first birthday cake
Some Boy just celebrated his first birthday and it was a HUGE hit! We went with a rubber ducky birthday theme, which meant little yellow ducky decorations and favors everywhere.Minted tragically doesn't have these invites in-stock anymore, but Amazon has some adorable ones that are similar. I loved the little duck images, and quite a few guests went with...

DIY Wedding Program Fans

diy fans
Welcome to day three of DIY Wedding Week! Yesterday we made DIY Wedding Table Numbers, and today we're using a lot of the same materials to make DIY wedding program fans. We decided that we didn't want a big program booklet since we're trying to keep everything short and sweet, and a program fan will help keep our guests...

DIY Wedding Table Numbers

DIY table numbers
Welcome to day two of DIY Wedding Week! We're starting off easy today with DIY table numbers. You may remember seeing similar photo table numbers in our post about Amanda and Ken's wedding. We absolutely fell in love with the idea at their reception, so we hijacked it for our own day!For these, you will need:Childhood photos of...

How to Emboss

how to emboss
I haven't written about wedding planning in awhile, though not because the planning's come to an end. Not even close. Actually, I've been so busy with all this wedding stuff that when I sit down to write a post, the last thing I want to think about is weddings. I'm weddinged-out. I told my caterer today that I want to...

Dear Gucci

gucci rush
I know I'm not the most loyal customer you have. I'm not always the most fashion-forward trendsetter, and I have a tendency to spill spaghetti sauce on the few designer outfits I do own. And I don't like spending a ton of money on clothes since my wonderful fiance occasionally switches the dryer setting to High so that everything...