Sharing Smiles

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Friday after school we didn’t have any plans and time to kill before my niece’s play so I wanted to do something positive with my kids since there is so much negativity looming with the recent election. At first my husband was like, let’s do something bigger than this, but we had an hour and a half and three kids with us. Plus I knew if we waited until we had a bigger and better idea it probably would never happen so we went with it.
We got some balloons, treats to tie on the ends and even a little cash. It may seem small and even trivial but our hope was to brighten someone’s day and spread a little happiness.
Watching the girls deliver each one and seeing people’s reactions was so fun and uplifting! First, we stopped at this eatery where we took the pics and watched Lola with the smile balloons bobbing above her head as she passed some out and ran back to the car. It was so cute! The girls each took turns and completely loved it! Quincey was a little shy but I noticed as she saw their happy reaction she became more and more open to reaching out.
It doesn’t matter who you voted for… I hope we can all do what we can to uplift and come together!

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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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Shoot for the Moon

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share this layout using the newest Dear Lizzy Saturday collection and a little stamping with the cute house stamps. I’m terrible at using stamps; it’ss not that I don’t like them, because there are some adorable stamps out there that I love, it just never occurs to me to actually use them. I guess if I’m completely honest, I find them a little bit intimidating, and I’ve no idea why, haha. But every now and then I like to give it a shot which is how this layout came about. The stamp set from the Saturday collection has the cutest little buildings and I thought it would look fun teamed with a photo I recently took of the moon (I love getting snaps of the moon, call me crazy).

I picked 3 fun and bright colours – yellow, pink and teal (..not that I have a whole lot of variety of
colours in my stash!) and stamped each building along the bottom.
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As usual I ended up with one building having a less than perfect impression (that teal one!! Grr!) – I swear the more I try to get a perfect impression, the less likely I am to get it, haha.
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But rather than start again (this was already attempt #2, lol) I thought I’d add some dimension to the bottom of the page so I just stamped them again on a scrap piece of white cardstock.

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Once I’d stamped a few I just used scissors to cut them to shape (leaving a small white border the whole way around). Then I popped a foam dot behind and stuck them straight on top of my less than perfect impressions on the page. Problem solved! Here’s how my page finished up:
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I wanted the page to be fairly neutral except for my bright buildings along the bottom so I teamed the chipboard thickers (which I think are a perfect match!!) with a few co-ordinating black/white pieces (I used a sheet from the 6×6 paper pad, die-cuts and black varnish stickers). I enlisted help from Pinterest to find a quote about the moon and just typed it up on the computer using a typewriter font.

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Because I scrap 6×8 pages, often I’m stuck on where to put my journaling, I mean there is only so much room on the page and more often than not, I want the photo/title to be the feature of the page, so I’ll often add it either behind the photo or on the back of my page. Almost all of my
layouts have journaling of some description, it’s just that often you can’t see it
☺ In this case I popped it on the back! Just stuck it onto one of the die-cut cards, used a strip of wash and included one of the stickers to help pretty it up a bit. Easy one!

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Given my journaling is often “hidden” I’ve had a few people question me about how I actually read it once they’re stored in albums.
I use the Studio Calico 6×8 Handbooks to store my layouts. I’m not sure about you, but I file all my pages back to back in the pockets (so 2 pages per pocket back to back, means I can cram more pages into the album!)

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Given my journaling is often “hidden” I’ve had a few people question me about how I actually read it once they’re stored in albums.
I use the Studio Calico 6×8 Handbooks to store my layouts. I’m not sure about you, but I file all my pages back to back in the pockets (so 2 pages per pocket back to back, means I can cram more pages into the album!) I average somewhere between 13-15 plastic pockets per album so depending on how chunky my pages are, I manage to get anywhere from 20-30 scrapbook layouts per album which is pretty good!

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But back to the question! When I add journaling on the back I just don’t put another page behind it once it’s in the pocket. That way when I’m flipping through the album I don’t need to take it out to read it (which is what I have to do when I tuck it behind the photo, but I can live with that! ☺)

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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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Vintage Sparkle Boxes

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Is it safe to talk about Christmas now that it is November 1st? hehe
Because I’m quite excited. And someone mentioned today that there are 7 more Saturdays until Christmas which nearly gave me a Black-Friday-shopping anxiety attack. What? Crazy how fast Christmas shows up.
Well, I got a jump start on an advent calendar. I am going to hang these darling boxes from a hoop with a lot of greens and the gold strings they come with. That probably makes no sense but I saw something similar on Pinterest here and it made me happyyyy. The boxes are so colorful and there’s also gold foil printed on them. They’re pretty sturdy which made me glad because I want to put candies and prizes inside.
I need some ideas… what do you like to put in advent calendars? I love a mix of things to do (that I schedule and put on the right day that they open but it appears spontaneous), also fun prizes. Please share your fave things to put inside!

You can find these darling boxes on Amazon here:  Vintage Sparkle

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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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Toil & Trouble

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Reposting this party because it was so fun and I’m a tad excited for Halloween this year! Collin always laughs hard at me when I am getting everyones’ costumes ready and just giddy about all of it! Yesterday I was decorating the house and dancing around to This is Halloween on the Halloween Pandora station until Myles got scared and I had to turn it off. ; )
This spooky cat party was so fun! We made masks, decorated cookies… Sheesh, the most I accomplished today was getting dressed before noon and this is the kind of elaborate crap I was doing the same time last year. I need some more caffeine or something. LOL

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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!