September 2021; our month in video

September has come and gone and you know what that means: a new video recap of our month! It was a family-filled month with school starting back up, hotel overnights, backyard camping, and birthday celebrations. Putting these videos together always make me appreciative of the life we have and the people in; we truly are lucky.

See what we’ve been up to!

Need fall bucket list ideas?

ya’ll, the best time of the year is here…FALL! i’m all in for cooler weather, crunchy leaves, and spooky season! what about you? do you have anything fun planned this fall?

need some inspo? don’t worry, i got you covered! check out my list below for some fun ideas to truly enjoy this time of year!

  • a sport’s fan? watch lots and lots of football. one of my favorite parts about fall is the return of the nfl season. i love cozying up on the couch on a sunday and watching football all day long. whose your team?
  • maybe an odd time to do it, but go camping! pack up the family and enjoy the outdoors and what this weather has to bring. my favorite campground in the northern illinois area? this place, by far!

  • carve some pumpkins! as much as you hate the mess of pumpkin seeds scattered on the counters and floors, the kids usually enjoy it so just do it!

what’s on your fall bucket list?

JUST A LITTLE CATCHUP; OUR LIFE LATELY

hey everyone! i hope you are all enjoying your summer months; can you believe fall is almost near? i figured we were long overdue for a catchup and i had a few minutes to draft something up.

i feel like our family is always up to something; so this is what our life has looked like a bit lately…

IOWA CABIN TRIP

over memorial day weekend my parents typically go to a campground in iowa with some of our family friends. this year we had the kids and made a family vacation out it. this was probably our first one yet all six of us together and we’re already looking forward to the next.

we rented the cutest little cabin nestled on the campground’s pond, perfect for fishing and letting the kids play on the beach. during the days we were there we did lots of playing at the park, dipping our toes in the water at the beach, and fished with papa. by the time the sun went down, the kids were all pretty tired so we’d enjoy a campfire here or there and then settle in for bed. it was the perfect little getaway and are already looking forward to going back next year.

4TH OF JULY

4th of july is always one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. it’s a perfect holiday to celebrate and really gets the summer going. this year we decided to have family over for a backyard party. we rented a large bounce house/water slide and broke all the kiddie pools. we spent most of the day in the sun and were all so exhausted by the end. i’d call that a successful day!

PUP-DATE!

winnie jo is almost 16 weeks now and is growing like crazy! i’m really trying to enjoy her still being on the smaller side and a big furball, but man, everyday we can tell she’s getting better. mazi and maci have really adjusted to her being around and are constantly playing. it helps out out so much by tuckering her out and lets us get a few more hours of uninterrupted sleep at night. she usually wakes up only once or twice at night now to be let out, versus the every-hour schedule she had when we first brought her home. going from two to three dogs was certainly an adjustment, but she’s fit in quite perfectly and we love giving her her FUR-ever home.

MAY 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

Can you believe that May is already over and summer is officially here?

This month was full of celebrations between Mother’s Day and birthdays and a whole lot of fun in between. We ended our month with a family vacation and man, we’re already looking forward to another one.

Hope you enjoy this little video of our month, #LeParteyof6 style!

32 THINGS IVE LEARNED IN MY 32 YEARS

32 years old today, and there has been quite a few things that I’ve learned through the years. I’ve made good choices, stupid choices, and learned that sometimes the only explanation for your actions is, “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” But through it all, I’ve learned.

And firsthand, from my own experience these are some of things that I’ve learned:

Seafood is still disgusting.

Your children pay attention to EVERYTHING that you do. Literally EVERYTHING. Don’t say anything in front of a 3-year old you don’t want repeated.

Soul mates do exist; believe me. I’m one of the lucky ones that found mine.

Having a big family is such a blessing. A benefit too; more kids to pay for a fancier nursing home when you’re older.

Life is much better with a golden retriever.

Work at a place where you actually like your boss and co-workers. Life is way too short to deal with Karens.

No matter how old you get, shots still suck.

Record your life. Have those memories to look back and smile at later.

Friends change and that’s okay. Sometimes the unlikely friends are the best friends.

Grey hairs come a whole lot sooner than you expect.

“One more episode” actually means four more episodes.

Hanger, it’s real.

Kitchens are made for dancing.

I will never be as happy as my two dogs.

McDonald’s Coke taste better than any other coke.

The person who invented Grocery Pick-up is a genius and all we mothers appreciate you.

At this age, you can pull a muscle in your sleep.

Costco is a very glorious place.

Airfryers are the bee’s knees.

Have date nights weekly with your significant other; make that time for each other.

Don’t get drunk and order food on Doordash; you will probably end up with $70+ of Chipotle on your front doorstep. Oops.

Spend as much time as you can with your grandparents. That time is so valuable.

Even if it scares you, still do it. Try those new opportunities.

It is possible to wrongly cook macaroni & cheese…sorry kids.

Sometimes those college degrees aren’t worth it.

Chips and salsa are the best snack.

Dad jokes are actually funny.

Never turn down the opportunity to take a good nap.

Caffeine is your friend.

You don’t need to buy every single houseplant you see.

Getting forehead kisses will never get old.

You can never say “I love you” too much.

DIY | ‘UNDER THE STARS’ DATE NIGHT

It is so easy to get caught up in daily life, sucked into the daily routines, and become exhausted by the continuous to-do lists that we make ourselves. What I’ve learned in my life, is that when you find your person, that one-in-a-million type of love, celebrate it. Not just on special dates or at certain celebrations; every day.


People listen, this is going to sound sappy. I love my other half. We make a great team and try to show each other how much we care for them as much as possible. We have weekly date nights; we make that time for each other through the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, often times than not it’s just ordering in food and catching up on our weekly shows. It’s that time together to celebrate “us” is what I enjoy most.

One of my favorite recent date nights was at home, spent “under the stars”. Cheesy? Yes. But would I do it again a million times over? Also, yes. We set a blowup mattress up downstairs in front of the tv; loaded it with tons of comfy blankets and pillows and threw on some campfire screensavers up on the tv. Around the entertainment stand and the mattress flameless tea lights were lined to really set the “camping” ambiance.


I found this really neat star projector light on amazon and this thing has easily been one of my favorite purchases. So much so, that we now have it in our bedroom. It projects stars and the night sky on to the ceiling and really makes you feel like you’re outside. It can be controlled with the included remote to change the light settings, or you can download an app on your phone to use with it. It also has the option to be able to sync music with it. Check it out here; it’s definitely worth something looking into. We love it!


We even had our own little ‘s’more station, diy’ed. (Thank you Pinterest!) All it took was a terracotta pot, tin foil, gel chafing fuel, and all the goodies for s’mores. It was so neat being able to roast marshmallows over a flame at the house and definitely something we will be doing with the kids soon. They’ll definitely enjoy it too!


So if you’re looking for a fun DIY date night at home, try this! Always make time for each other and celebrate the love you share, you deserve it!

family halloween costumes

who doesn’t love a good family halloween costume? i’m all about being that ‘cheesy’ family with matching halloween costumes, but with 6 of us it gets a little challenging to find ones that fit us all,

last year we all dressed up as minions and it was difficult to find some in all of our sizes, so this year to make things a little simpler we decided on going with a superhero theme. that way we could all find costumes in our sizes, but still have the same theme.

i thought i’d share photos of our day trick-or-treating at the campground, and share links of where we bought of each of them in case you decided to dress up too!

each of the little girls dressed up as batgirls, one in pink and one in purple. they both looked so cute with their capes and bright colors.

i wish you could have seen mason’s face when he opened his spiderman costume. there were days straight that he just begged to put it on and wear it around. we found his costume at costco, and now are only wishing we got him other superhero costumes too for him to dress up and play in throughout the year.

mason was stoked when his big sis wanted to be spidergirl so they could match, the two of them together always make me smile!

we’ve already got ideas flowing for what we’ll be dressing up as next year and are already looking forward to it.

will you and your family be dressing up this year?

our summer 2020 family diary.

summer has winded down and the weather is cooling off. the kids are off and back to school and the summer of 2020 is behind us. this summer was certainly different than all others; a whole lot less distractions with a large majority of places being closed.

but truthfully, it was nice. rather than rushing around between places to go, we filled our days with each other instead. we spent so much time together and i’ll forever be thankful for that.

so what did our summer of 2020 look like? a whole lot like this….

visiting the campground and kayaking

one of my favorite places to visit is the campground that i spent most of my childhood weekends at. my parents have a seasonal site there and it’s the perfect little place to get away.

we spent one day kayaking down the river and it was so relaxing. i’m looking forward to taking the kids with us sometime. i know they will love it; especially mason.

birthday celebrations

summers in our home are always full of birthdays. we started summer by celebrating john’s birthday with having family over and ordering pizzas.

in july miss kaylei turned 12 and we took her to a hotel with her cousins to celebrate. we enjoyed the pool for two days straight and the kids all had a blast. i still can’t believe our girl is going to be a teenager next year!

getting a new car

we finally bit the bullet and bought ourselves a new car that would fit all 6 of us. this is our new baby and i’m more than obsessed with it!

backyard parties

one of my favorite things about summer is just being able to hang outside with family and friends. we did plenty of that this summer and it was always so much fun. we would set up the bag set, break out the pool, and enjoy a few cocktails. looking forward to more days like these throughout the fall.

zoo trip

we rounded up most of the family and hauled everyone to the zoo one weekend. we spent most of the morning walking around and then had a picnic lunch out in the parking lot before heading home.

a trip to the sunflower field

it’s always been on my bucket list to visit a sunflower field and once i found out we had one not too far from us, we made a trip there. i got the girlies all dressed up in the cutest yellow outfits, threw some curls in their hair, and had a little photoshoot with them. they will forever be some of my favorite photos of them.

hope you all had a summer just as great as we did!

a photo journal – our june thus far

June is here and it is FLYING by. The good weather has arrived along with more orders to stay working from home. It’s a whole new normal around here, but truthfully I’m loving be able to stay home and spend the extra time with our family.

We’ve tried spending as much time as possible outside, soaking up the sun and avoiding going stir-crazy. I’m so glad that if COVID had to happen, it’s not when it’s freezing outside and we’re forced to remain indoors.

John and I visited my parents at the campground and spent a few hours floating down the river on kayaks with dad. It was John’s first time out on a kayak and he managed not to fall out…winning. We’re already excited to go back out; we can already picture how much Mason would love to go too.

The time we’ve spent inside, we’ve made the best of it. Lots of crafts, family movies, and giggles. All the extra time together is certainly not something I’m complaining about.

Mason got his very own John Deere gator powerwheel and it was the perfect surprise. He LOVES it and is so proud to show off his “tractor”. The girls take turns with it too and they all enjoy having Mazi girl ride around in the back.

All three of our girls learned how to ride a bike without training wheels (thanks babe!) and are super proud. We got them new bikes and our driveway has been a bike track lately. People driving by probably thinking we’re running a day care over here.

John’s birthday is this month so we spent time with family celebrating over the weekend. It was nice to have everyone here together. We ordered pizzas, had some tacos, and lots of yummy dessert. The weather outside was really great too so we spent a lot of time visiting while the kids all got to play.

I just wanted to share a bit of what we’ve been up to this month; hope all of you had enjoyed June as much as we have! ‘Til next time!

a photo journal – iowa camping trip.

for months, we planned a camping trip to iowa with my family and some of our family friends. we were a little hesitant if it was going to even happen due the covid pandemic, but were thrilled once we got word from the campground that they would be opening back up, and just in time!

we spent the morning packing up and heading to iowa. it was a perfect drive a way; not too far, but close enough where you didn’t feel like you spent the whole day in the car.

we planned our visit at a KOA campground in waterloo, iowa. the town is a pretty decent size and they have a lot to do there like a casino and waterpark; however a majority of everything was still closed. the campground had a lot of great amenities too… a dog park, playground, and even a lake that you could fish on or rent some of their canoes.

my parents and our family friends all had campers, so we opted for renting a cabin at the campground we were staying at. i’ve never stayed at the KOA in waterloo, but was decently surprised with how adorable the rental cabins were. they had quite a few to choose from, but we opted for the 4-person cabin since there was only just the two of us.

my favorite thing about weekend getaways camping is how relaxing and non-stressful it is. just being able to sit outside, hang out with our friends and family, and enjoy the fresh air. and after being cooped up inside for the past few months, it was even more enjoyable.

all three nights that we were there we did some fishing around the lake. the fish were biting, and even though they were all on the small size and just catch and release, it was fun. the guys caught a fair amount, me on the other hand? one. and it doesn’t even really count because i told the guys that i wasn’t leaving without catching a fish and my father being the patient man he is when he is ready to go, he is ready to go. so he hooked one and let me real it in. so, there’s that. but thanks pops!

if you’re from the midwest, you know what “bags” is and you play it. often. and it’s an essential when camping. you gotta. so being the illinoains that we are, the bag sets were out and lots of lots of rounds were played.

the families that we went camping with were ones that we grew up with. people that we’ve known for many, many years and after growing up and having kids of my own, i don’t get to see them as often as i would love to. it was so nice to see them all again and reminisce about all the camping trips we took as kids and laugh at how old we all are now.

as always, our mini vacation went by way too fast. the weather wasn’t too bad while were there, the company was great, and just being able to get out of the house was something we all needed. i’m forever thankful that we get times like this and have the opportunity to do so. we’re already looking forward to the next one!