Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baby Owl

I just couldn't resist sharing this little guy. There were actually two babies but by the time I got close enough to take a picture, the other flew away. Spring, you win.

He's a little scary and cute all wrapped into one.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

$100 Target Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

Today some blogging friends and I are celebrating our friend Sarah's 30th birthday by giving away a gift card to Target.

Sarah, Happy Birthday! I hope you are spoiled by all your boys today. I appreciate you and all the support you've given me the last couple of years. Thank you so much for your friendship and I hope this next year is the best.

Sponsored by:

Whimsy & Hope, Behind the Camera & Dreaming, Mom's Messy Miracles, DebCB, Life Anchored, Amber Nicole, Fresh Mommy Blog, Just Julie Ann, 2 Paws Designs, Alyson M, Crosbie Crew. Target Giftcard

Monday, May 25, 2015

Chili Dip With A Kick

Do you ever need an easy but yummy dip recipe? I've got you covered with this chili dip that we use all the time! It's definitely a crowd pleaser.

Here in Colorado we like to spice up our chili with jalapenos, add a little sour cream and use corn tortillas. So what better way to put all those together than with a dip?

To make this dip fast, affordable and easy, I like to use HORMEL Chili No Beans. I keep a few cans in my pantry at all times because you never know when a dip craving will strike.

How to make my Chili Dip With A Kick!

-1 can of HORMEL Chili No Beans (print a coupon HERE)
-1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
-1 cup of fresh grated cheddar cheese
-sour cream

In a small saucepan, heat up the chili for approximately 5 minutes. Add in the cream cheese. Stir until the cream cheese melts completely.  While it's melting chop up some jalapenos. Add it to the saucepan along with a couple tablespoons of the jalapeno juice. Stir all together. Now place the chili mixture into a microwave safe bowl. Sprinkle all the cheese on top then add some sliced jalapenos on top. Place in microwave to cook for 30 seconds. Keep doing 30 seconds intervals until the cheese is melted.  Add a big dollop of sour cream on top for garnish. Serve with corn tortilla chips and enjoy!

You can visit HORMEL Chili's website or Facebook page to see more recipes and pairings for each state for their Chili Nation. You might be surprised to learn what pairs well with your chili from your region!

Friday, May 22, 2015


Surprised my bestie in California. / Star Wars Day. / Emptying out ALL of his drawers.
Hello Spring. / My boys. / Working.
Little photographer. / Farmer's Market treats. / The flu hit us hard.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Almost A Year

Next month marks our 1 year anniversary moving to Colorado. We get asked all the time if we regret it and the answer is no. We honestly wish we had taken the plunge sooner but it is what it is and we are thankful that we moved when we did.

Packing up your entire life and moving out of state is a huge decision. We weighed out all the pros and cons and knew our ultimate goal was a better life for our boys. And you know what? We are living life to the fullest out here.

One our favorite things about our house here is the open space behind our house. Everyday we can watch deer, squirrels, bunnies and different birds make it their home. It's like our own little sanctuary. I started taking 1 picture for each season to show how it changes. Here is winter to spring.

Isn't it beautiful? I can't wait to show you summer and fall!

Friday, May 1, 2015


Happy Friday! Here is a little glimpse into our daily lives through Instagram.

Spring snow. / Loved having friends in town. / First lacrosse game.
P received a stripe in Jui Jitsui./ Snugly baby. / Husband's new plant.
A special quilt for a sweet baby./ Robin's eggs in our backyard. / Doing boy stuff.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spread The Love with Huggies #UltraHug

"You can never have too many photos with your mom", is something I tell my boys all the time. I can scroll through my phone and see my boys changing and growing. I can see their happy and sometimes sad faces and I can be transported back to that moment. I mentally try to remind myself that I need to be in the pictures with them since sometimes I can go for weeks staying behind the camera only (oops!).

Thanks to Huggies, I am reminding myself to get back in front of the camera for a great cause. From now until June 25th, you can upload a selfie of you and your baby to Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #UltraHug. Make sure to also include a nomination for a community project that is close to your heart. On July 6th, 20 finalists will be voted on to find 10 winners who will receive a $2,000 grant for the community project of their choice! Go here for more info.

We haven't lived in Colorado a year yet but one organization that we have been able to help twice now is the Parker Task Force/Food Bank. They provide individuals and families in my community with food, limited financial assistance and other support to get them back on their feet. My family and I would love to be able to donate $2,000 to them.

Since becoming a mom about 7.5 years ago, diapers have been pretty much part of my daily routine (we did have a few glorious diaper-free months between Parker and Gavin). We've tried many brands throughout the years and I always tend to come back to Huggies. And now with Gavin, we have been really impressed with their Snug and Dry Ultra diapers. They offer long-lasting leak protection so your little one will stay dry throughout the day.

Are there any community projects that you like to help?

*Edited: There was a giveaway for this post but has since been taken down. So sorry!