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Election Day

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Wearing our “I voted” stickers proudly today for Election Day in the U.S. Going to be interesting night but honestly I’m kind of ready for it to be over. I remember when I was traveling in Australia, earlier this year, my friends and guides wanted to talk about our election and it was neat to learn what they hear about the U.S. and their thoughts from the other side of the world.
The line today to vote was outside the door of a school and around the corner but it was worth it to cast our choice. It’s such a historic race! And to think that women used to not have a chance to vote makes me grateful for this priveledge that we can today!
Politics can bring to surface fierce emotions… be respectful. Be brave. Be nice. 🙂

Myles got a sticker for being adorable.
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Fear No Mess

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One hang up with getting creative is letting go of worrying about a mess. Sounds easier said than done and the last thing I want to do is make more work for this momma. But my kids love getting hands on and creative! Even if I am working on something, they want to help or get involved in some way. So it’s time to embrace method’s mission statement to fear no mess. Let me tell you though, when I walk into the kitchen after a box of cheerios tipped over and spilled all over the floor or Myles standing by his masterpiece on the wall holding a black Sharpie… that stuff is scary as heck!! 😉 But I do my best to fear no mess and let my kids get creative! I can honestly remember finger painting in kindergarten like a million years ago. Vividly remember the colors of the paints and our big pieces of paper and feeling the paint in my hands. I think it’s so important for kids!
If you’re not familiar with method they make the best cleaner and soaps. Non-toxic, good for the environment, gluten free, vegan, safe for pets, tri-closen free, Basically you could eat this stuff. But please don’t eat it even if it smells fruity and divine! 😉  Seriously the Pink Grapefruit is my fave and so fresh I want to bask in my clean kitchen and dance around when I’m done. The Honeycrisp Apple and Pear is yummy toooo!

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Here are a few simple tips to getting creative with kids!
1. Some big butcher paper rolls (you can buy rolls at Home Depot)
2. Get ready, set go… Don’t unleash the kids until you are set with paper down, brushes ready and baby wipes in arms reach.
3. When they show what they’ve drawn or painted avoid asking, “What is it?” And instead say, “Tell me about it…”
4. My kids love painting on canvas and if you get it wet before they start it’s easy to rinse off when they are crying because they messed up and can start over. Avoid a tantrum 🙂

We painted then stamped their hands on papers to keep in their scrapbooks!
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Hi, we’re method. Our mission is to fear no mess. All your life you’ve been told to be clean. To be perfect, and that’s the problem. Because sh*t gets interesting when it gets messy. So live a little. Live a lot. Be bold with anything you do, and make bigger messes than you ever thought possible. Because when you have clean ingredients you can play as dirty as you want without feeling bad about the clean up.

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Step Outside

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Some days I wanna move somewhere where I can step out the door and ride my bike to the store… then other days I realize that even though I hate driving up a steep hill to our house (especially in the snow) we are so lucky to live with the mountains in our back yard. We can literally walk a block up the road and find the prettiest trails and gorgeous views of the city. There’s even a hike to a waterfall that starts two blocks away. Sheesh, why am I so ungrateful at times? I love how my kids help me see what I start to view as ordinary and remember to enjoy all these moments that we can easily dismiss. Like an afternoon hike when the leaves look fall as fall can be!

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In a couple weeks, when this is all covered with snow, these new boots by Kamik are definitely going to come in handy keeping my toesies toasty. Because I am THE biggest baby when it is cold that I have to dress warm. Then I am a happy snowman. When I am dressed warm I definitely love the winter. That and we started skiing again last year so now I am counting down to the first snowfall.
Love all the Kamik style boots. Avery got some when she was younger and they last forever so my others girls will wear them too.
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More than any of our kids Quincey loves her one on one time. She thrives on it. I think maybe because she’s can be a bit quieter than the other two that it’s nice when she feels like she doesn’t have to compete with others to be silly, or to talk to mom and dad. She’s my Sporty Spice which makes it fun to do something adventurous.
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What’s for lunch hunny?

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First of all, I mess up saying “acai” every time like Myles trying to say Lola “wowah”. But I think I got the hang of it. Second of all, perks of having Collin home is he makes me food. Today and last night he made me an acai PB&J bowl. While he was traveling, on a recent trip to Washinton DC,  he ate something similar from a food truck at Union Square and has been raving about it ever since. We had most of the ingredients on hand but grabbed a few things yesterday and it’s so good! It’s called PB&J because it’s a spin off of the sandwich with the acai as the jelly and there’s also peanut butter. Which I realized peanut better makes everything better.

Here’s the recipe for ACAI PB&J Bowl:
Mix all ingredients in food processor or blender. I use a Ninja.
1 frozen banana/ 1/3 c. peanut butter/ 1/3 c. Almond Coconut Milk/ 1/2 c. Acai berry juice (the freeze dried stuff is better but we grabbed the juice at Costco)/ handful of frozen strawberries/ 1/2 c. frozen pineapple (He threw in some spinach today which messed with the bright purple color but it was still pretty!)
Toppings: Granola, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut

Found the best seat in the house with that tree’s leaves turning yellow rn.

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Too Cool For School

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Ran some errands today with my sidekick. We went to the nursery, because it’s adorable that I keep buying plants thinking that I will suddenly inherit a green thumb. But I can’t kill pumpkins so that’s good. I want to pot some pumpkins with succulents inside. I’ve been really proud of myself for the succulents and cacti that are flourishing on my kitchen window sill-thank you very much!
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Myles found my workout shuffle and put the eat buds in then proceeded to ignore me like he’s suddenly some too cool for school teenager. It was worth it though when he started singing Katy Perry, “Baby, you’re a fiiiiyowork (firework)!!” And also much too loudly because he has yet to learn you can’t really hear yourself when you have headphones on and it was the greatest. I think I remember conducting a science experiment in high school where you play classical music or hard rock and the plants grow differently. I don’t know the results but thanks to Myles these green, oxygen producing babies got a good dose of singing CO2 today.

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For my Friday favorites today. Is that a thing, you ask?  It is now! haha I wanted to share this top because I’ve worn it three days in a row and now I need every color. And it’s 9 bucks.
It’s just such a nice knit fabric and light for fall weather where I don’t know if it’s going to be hot or a little chilly. Click any pics below too. xoxo Happy Friday!

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Walk Beside Me

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This morning adding some cuteness to my planner and watching The Voice because I wanted to start off Monday crying along with the amazing contestants as their dreams come true! : )
The taxi sticker is so cute from the new Dear Lizzy and perfect with my list of places I’m driving my kids today and tomorrow! Hashtag taxi mom!

Love this sign in my kitchen! It’s nothing new in the blog and Instagram world but I love switching it out and changing up what I want it to say… The first quote I had up was from the wise and influential Sir Mix-A-Lot 😉 so I thought it was a good idea to mix it up. Plus I love that my girls pass by the new quote and start singing the lyrics. (It’s from I am a Child of God.)
Get your own quote board and have fun leaving messages and quotes for your family. It is pretty big 18″x24″ and found it here on Amazon!
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Board found here including plastic letters!

Counting Down to Date Night

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Date night is something I’m counting down for every week. I might as well make one of those paper chains (with dear lizzy paper mind you;) and rip off a link each day it gets closer. I know I say this all the time: my husband travels a lot. But it’s weird that this is our life right now. I remember when I would be dying for 5:35 pm to roll around and he would pull up and I’d take a sigh of relief that I had some back-up for our hooligans. Tagging him in for a round or two. Now it’s like, see you in a few days… where are you going again? We embrace it even though it’s not the ideal situation for either of us-we try to stay positive. That’s when date night swoops in and carries us off to a time of eating in peace and just us. When we’d drive in the car with out someone hollering over Curious George that they need a drink of water right this second or so-and-so just PINCHED them or so-and-so is STARING at them! ;D  Avery is almost old enough to watch everyone which will be nice to have a babysitter at home.
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Teamed up with one of my favorite brands Born as well as Dillards to pick out some matching boots for fall. Collin is super picky so thank goodness they aren’t just cool but super comfy too! Mine are the Kerri style and love them with jeans too! Hashtag bribery for pics #fallforborn
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date-night date-nightI’m really proud of Collin because this year he made some lifestyle changes, like switching from energy drinks to water. 😉 He’s so inspiring to me with his dedication and has lost 50 pounds since May! He hated getting his picture taken… still does!! Took some bribery for this but at least he feels better and more like himself. He has more energy and happier health wise. Super proud of him so thanks for letting me gush for a second. xoxo

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It’s Fall, I’m in Love

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Fall always sweeps in with a cool breeze and knocks me off my summer-loving feet. I somehow forget about a day at the pool or blue snowcone stained smiles. Instead give me a sweater, pumpkin muffin and a drive through the canyon singing 90’s love songs on the top of our lungs with the sunroof open.

Although by the end of this drive from one canyon 10 minutes from our home through the mountains to Sundance and back home I honestly was car sick and my head was spinning. But it was worth it.
If this doesn’t make you wanna Florine Maria up those hills twirling and singing, I don’t know what will!
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We went on a little hike on Lame Horse. Which actually wasn’t lame at all. The kids all found the perfect hiking sticks, tracked down many animal prints (which looked like nothing to me but sheesh they’re little geniuses). Myles was looking for a dragon while Lola found the only flower on the entire hike. Dad carved our family name into a tree because anyone who’s anyone has there name engraved in an aspen. It’s like graffiti for hippies. Poor “Sam + Molly” which was carved years ago inside a heart but had a fresh X crossed through it.

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Always looking for a chance to break-in my Danner boots. aka Reese Witherspoon Wild boots. aka they will last til I’m an old lady and more.
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Daddy let them hang out the sunroof for a bit. Which I did NOT approve of but they loved it and will always remember it, I bet. And that’s what dad bases most decisions on while parenting.
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What Color Are You? #colorcode

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In high school, which seems like forever ago (because it was forever ago), for one of our classes we took a personality test. I remember thinking, whatever this is so lame, like an annoying teenager would. But to this day I still remember my results. I thought it was so awesome because it was spot on. It goes into much more detail but sensitive, moody, sincere, dependable, easily frustrated, creative, and likes to have fun! Could have summed me up.
Well a couple weeks ago, for a church activity with the youth in the church I attend, we took the test. The results were the same except I lost the fun part and it was replaced with the peacemaker color. Which makes sense, I guess, since I’m an old maid now. hehe.
Can you guess what color I am? BLUE. It’s crazy how blue I am. When I read this description it weirds me out that someone could figure out the science of my personality so well. How I deal with situations, conflict as well as needs and wants. Then the next color was white. But I used to be blue/yellow. It made me realize that I want that fun, spontaneous side of me back. (There’s a free test on line you can take at Color Code.)
So the reason I bring this up, is we all know how different kids’ personalities are. Even siblings raised in the same environment with the same parents. As I struggle to discipline, reward, love and nurture these four wonderful souls. I realize that what works with one of them doesn’t work for another. I was trying to figure out what color each one is… and it’s kind of tricky. But I’m figuring it out and how to best respond and validate their needs. Striving to make their light and color be the brightest it can be. And celebrating who each person is! Some days are tougher than others. I definitely live for the small moral victories, a spontaneous hug and kiss. Or Myles’s tender but matter of factly “I like you” that melts my heart.
There’s an awesome article here for kids and personality color coding and a simpler tool below:

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pants: Brickyard Buffalo

 

Have you taken it? What color are you? 

 

The battle with a spider

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Last night I couldn’t sleep. I had a feeling that I might have left the garage door open so I went down there at like 3 am. The door was closed and there weren’t any murderers hiding out. JUST A FREAKING HUGE SPIDER! Like trianchula size. And I realize I probably didn’t spell that spider word correct but there’s no way I’m goggling it and have to see pics of it only to relive this creepy moment. The thing is the second it saw me, like 10 feet away, it crawled/lunged towards me. Fast. Which scared the crap out of me so I screamed and ran around to the other side of the car. Haha. Then I had a grand idea, grabbed the bug spray that has a hose with a trigger and shoot some at it while peeking around the car. It literally just sat there. Then I grabbed a basketball and chucked it at it. I missed because I’ve never had good aim and it run to the wall by the freezer. Now I had it cornered. Also please note I could actually hear its legs crawling when it ran. (shudder) So I mustered up some courage grabbed a pair of skis and killed it. Not my beautiful skis, of course! Some old red and gold ones from the 80’s that Collin is still holding onto because he was skiing and cut off Robert Redford while wearing them or something.
I kinda feel bad now though. Not about the skis, the spider. But that thing would eat me and my children if I would’ve let it live. Or bite me on the arm and I’d lose a limb. Okay, I still feel bad. After that I really couldn’t sleep and I could feel his spider friends coming for revenge on my legs all night. Needless to say my head hurts. Collin is traveling for work or I would’ve been soundly sleeping. I can’t sleep sometimes when he’s gone.
Waking up to these cute pics in my inbox brightened my day though. Love this boy… and donuts! Chocolate is definitely the cure for a tired headache like this!
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Obsessed with this skirt. Plus it’s on sale right now and it’s so adorable to dress up or down. Cute cute! And those tees are my favorite. I have multiple colors. Just wanted to share! xoxo

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