The holiday season is here! I don’t know about you but the fam and I spend A LOT of time in the kitchen year-round but during the holidays we basically never leave it. 😄 Our kitchen is right off of our entry way and because of that not only is it a huge place to congregate but it’s also the drop off point for most things.
The best part about it being the hub of our home is that EVERYONE can see the mess and the clutter from all the dropping zones being constantly overwhelmed and all the hands that have been cooking, drinking, snacking, basset hounding…you get the picture, right? Unfortunately.
Maybe you can relate to this – cleaning feels temporary. For example, I can wipe down my fridge and dishwasher every night but tomorrow everyones hand prints are going to show right back up again. But wait…I’ve found a cool trick that I’m happy to pass along. I was gifted SimpleCoat – a natural stone and stainless steel sealer. It enhances the work that you’ve done by elongating the protection and look of surfaces in your home.
Since our kitchen is such a big part of our home, keeping my appliances cleaner looking longer really helps me feel better about the mess that inevitably happens every day. First I clean the mess:
Then I use the SimpleCoat after to make the clean look last!
Check out the shine!
Here’s to taking one more thing OFF of your daily to-do list! AND the coolest part is it’s ability to be used on multiple surfaces: stone, stainless steel, wood and leather. Since it’s formula is non-toxic it’s a breeze adding it to your routine of favorite products. Find some SimpleCoat on Amazon for your home!
Here’s hoping the holidays look a little less messy!
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Calla has been two for over an entire month…or so… I figured it might as well be time for me to share with you all the highlights of her entire second birthday party day! At least I got to it before she turned 18, right? 🙂 It was a beautiful day, hot but cloudy so not the unbearable heat we’ve been dealing with here more recently. We had some of our closest friends and family over for a more intimate affair & Calla still calls our dining room her birthday room. <3 Here’s a small glimpse why…
I cannot believe how long it’s been since I’ve last posted here on my blog! I knew I couldn’t pass up creating a post for Mother’s Day because it means so much more to me every year that passes.
I remember when I was much younger telling my parents every year that it didn’t make sense…why was there a “Mother’s Day” and a “Father’s Day” and NO. KID’S. DAY? I chuckle at my young naivete and can answer this question 10x over now. My Mother would always respond that “every day is kid’s day,” and no truer words have been spoken. We as parents (ahem, and more specifically Mothers, amiright?) bust our behinds every moment of every day for our kid/s. The amount of finagling that it takes to run a household and live semi-productive lives is insane here in 2019 so what better excuse do we need than to reward ourselves for such repetitive sacrifice.
I think we can all agree, Mothers specially are angels sent down from Heaven. We are the CEOs of our individual households – cooking (sometimes), cleaning (also sometimes), packing bags, wiping booties, brushing teeth, kissing boo boos, researching the best schools, scheduling EVERYTHING, rocking every single task we are given and NEVER ever putting ourselves first. So now, mamas, it’s our day. A day you should literally ask for anything and everything you’ve ever wanted. You f*cking deserve it and for the love, please don’t waste anyone’s time trying to convince otherwise. I have compiled all the things on my Mother’s Day splurge list to share with you all in hopes you are inspired to ask for the same things or come up with something else equally as bomb. These gifts can easily be applied to your own mothas as well because she’s straight up amazing too. Let’s begin.
Hello holiday lovelies!
The holiday season is officially in full swing! This year will be our first spending the holidays in our new home & we can’t be more overjoyed about it.
The kick-off was Halloween which was so much fun. This was Calla’s second Halloween and now that she’s a little bit older she had a better understanding of the experience. She was so cute dressed up in her ghost costume. If you missed it, the costume Calla wore was my costume from 30 years ago. My mom sewed it and saved it, thank goodness, because Calla was one adorable ghosty!
Thanksgiving was also one for the books. We hosted family for the first time in our own home. Spending extended time with family, laughing & eating good food will be a memory that lasts in our hearts forever.
Christmas is bringing up the tail end of the season and is sure to be epic. Now that we are in our new home, Donald and I want to focus on creating our own family traditions for the season. One thing we have planned to do this season is creating and fulfilling a holiday bucket list! If you’re interested in hearing more and seeing what’s on our holiday bucket list this year, then read on!
Alright lovelies, you know the drill!
Up next…this month’s favorite Amazon purchases…
Blog content has been churning out like none other these past few weeks, amiright? Can I get a woo-hoo for that!? 🙂 Not only has this holiday season already been a whirlwind, but it’s been the best holiday season yet. Spending this time in our new home, decorating, eating good food, hosting events with family…there’s truly nothing more special.
I’ve also loved getting to know all of you more through the content I share. It makes me happy to divulge all of my favorite tips and tricks, especially when it’s during a hectic, busy season like right now. I know that I need all the help that I can get as a toddler mama, basset hound mama, wife, domestic engineer, etc. etc. etc. and I appreciate when other ladies/mamas share their favorites or what’s working best for them. It’s an easy way to continue to lift one another up and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! As always, let me know if there’s ever any additional questions you may have or certain topics you’d like to hear more from me on. My email is always open!
With that said…let’s get on to another one of my favorite topics…noodles.
It is officially that time of the year – HOLIDAY SEASON! Halloween this year was so much fun and I know Thanksgiving & Christmas will be too. Donald and I are hosting this year so between the food & decor, I want to make sure it’s as magical as possible for everyone.
One of the ways I plan on ensuring a grand time is by planning to give great gifts. I’ve posed the question before – what kind of gift giver are you? Are you someone who is dashing through the mall late Christmas Eve to pick up whatever you can find? Are you someone who meticulously plans all year long? Or are you somewhere in between? Comment down below and let me know which one you’re most like! I lean towards the meticulously plan all year side. When a loved one mentions, “oh I really want that,” I take note. These days everyone is so hard to buy for that I find it really helps if you have a list of requested items!
If you’re in a gift slump or if you need just a few ideas to finish your gift giving list, don’t worry! I am happy to have put together an ULTIMATE gift guide for you all that will include UNIQUE gifts for all of the special people in your life. You will find the gifts below listed in categories in hopes of making it easier on you all to find exactly what you need. I will link as much as I can so that you can find more detailed information on the appropriate site. Annnnd GO!
Can you actually believe it!?! It is November! Ahhh! This is not a drill, this is not a drill! 😂
I have barely started on my Christmas shopping, which I usually do sooner rather than later, and it’s stressing me out! I really love the process of Christmas shopping. I like to plan for gift giving all year long. A tip I have for gift ideas is to keep track of when your loved ones say, “ooo I really want ___.” I take note of that all year long and then feel more prepared for giving the best gifts! Where are you at on your holiday shopping?
And what about holiday decor? When will you guys be decorating for the holidays – before November 15th or after? I usually want Christmas decor up the second I take Halloween down, but this year is different. I don’t know if it’s because I’m trying to make time slow down or what, but I feel like if I put up all my Christmas decor that means it’s right around the corner and I want to enjoy November, gosh darnit! At the same time, I put Christmas decor up early because I want to enjoy it for as long as possible. It’s a conundrum for sure. haha! Maybe I will just slowly decorate this year. We shall see!
With all that said, I love doing these monthly Amazon favorites blog posts as it would be a great reference for anyone looking for great, unique gifts. I also plan on completing a gift guide (stocking stuffers included) to come out mid-November so stay tuned!
Now…let’s get into the favorite Amazon purchases for this month! Adios, October. You were pretty amazing.
I have loved spending more time dedicated to creating content on my blog recently, and from the feedback I receive from you all, you appreciate it too. If there are every any topics you would like to suggest as content ideas, feel free to leave a comment below or DM me over on Instagram.
Now, if you are a parent, take a moment to think of the first time you felt the weight of your responsibility of caring for your children. We got heavy early on this post. 🙂 Ok, got your moment? What or when was that? Leave me a comment below! I think the first time I felt that responsibility was the day I found out I was pregnant. I remember that day clearly. I had this feeling a lot of people talk about – “you just know” type of feeling. And when the pregnancy test read positive I was OVER. THE. MOON. I already had purchased a onesie to surprise my husband because I wanted to be prepared to tell him immediately. I still plan ahead like that as a way to manage my stress. That day was our 1 month wedding anniversary so when I handed him a gift, he didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.
So as many of you may recall, Donald and I moved into our first home at the end of this last May. It was a huge decision we made and in the end we decided to take a leap of faith! I remember talking with D privately before we made an offer on our home and saying something to the effect of, “are we really about to do this?” 😂
He is usually the carefree one, but on this topic he wanted to pump the brakes a bit. I then quoted him this great one:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch