AUGUST 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

August was full of more birthdays, mini getaways, and football games. Here’s a peek at our month and the life I’ve thankful for.

JULY 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

July has come and went; and summer is almost over! As much as I hate watching summer go, I love all the memories we’ve been making thus far.

Here’s a look at our month; hope you enjoy!

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.

JUNE 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

Happy June ya’all!

This month was full of celebrations between Father’s Day and birthdays, backyard adventures, and bringing home our new Winnie girl.

Here’s a look at our month; hope you enjoy!

Our first few days with Winnie Jo; a photo diary.

John and I have been tossing around the idea for a while of adding another golden retriever to our family. As our girl Maci Bo gets older, we wanted her to have another dog around to keep her young. And yes, we have Mazi, but let’s be honest we don’t call her “Big Mama” for nothing. She plays with Maci, but she can often show her cranky-old lady personality and isn’t always a big ball of energy.

We did some research and came across a farm in Wisconsin that had some puppies that were available to go to a new home. Saturday, June 19th, we woke up and VERY spontaneously decided to make the drive and “look” at the puppies. Look is the keyword, but let’s be real, we were coming home with our Winnie Jo.

Winnie was the third puppy introduced to us and it was one of those things that when we met her we just knew. All the other puppies when we would walk away would wander off, but Winnie wouldn’t leave John’s side. Ultimately, John had told me to make the final decision, but as soon as I saw how much she just wanted to be around us, the decision was easy.

So, that started our story with miss Winnie. It was a cuddly ride home; the whole time she sat on my lap and was just begging for love from John and I. She enjoyed staring out the window and took many breaks in between for a quick nap curled up on my lap.

I swear it was like bringing a new baby home and introducing her to the family. She’s the cutest ball of fluff right now and the kids are all obsessing over her. We’re excited to watch her grow, but hopefully not too fast…we are loving this puppy stage.

Enjoy these photos of our first few days together as a family. We sure love you, Winnie Jo…even your terrible, stinky puppy breath.

things we’ve been loving lately

hey all! it’s been a while since i’ve done a post like this; i figured it was time to share some of our recent favorites that we’ve been loving lately. you guys seem to really enjoy these and i’m sharing quite the variety of items today!

first, lets talk technology! with quarantine affecting us all; i’ve found new hobbies to enjoy and recently have been dabbling in digital illustration. i downloaded the procreate app on my ipad and using my apple pencil i’ve been slowly adding more and more finished pieces to my completed collection.

i’m really enjoy creating new art for our home, including some of our family and one of my craft studio. if you’re looking to have one done, shoot me a message; i’m sure we can work something out!

speaking of family, we recently got new family photos done and knew after doing some re-decorating within our home, we wanted to create a gallery wall using some of our new photos.

let’s be honest, large canvases are typically not the cheapest, but i stumbled across an online canvas company and have nothing but amazing things to say about it.

if you’re interested in ordering canvas prints, i’d HIGHLY recommend checking out CanvasChamp.com they are super inexpensive, offer a wide variety of sizes, and sell other custom items. they are always running great promotions and offer many different codes to save. my favorite is when they run their buy 2, get one free deal. interested in saving more? let me know and I can share a link with you.

our gallery wall turned out better than i had expected and it’s my favorite thing to walk into our home and see these. seriously check out CanvasChamp.com, you won’t be disappointed!

alright lastly, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart…our pups! recently Buddy Bandana reached out to me about helping share their mission and i was immediately on board.

for those who don’t know Buddy Bandana spreads awareness and raises money for rescue organizations across the country. every purchase they donate a portion to no kill shelters to support and save animals in need.

i don’t receive anything from the sale, but am all about supporting a great cause! use code “OkayToBeShay” at checkout to save 40% on all orders and free shipping!

maci girl and I thank you @officialbuddybandana for the matching bandana/scrunchie set!

a peek into my new craft room | DIY craft desk

i have been SO SO excited to write this blog post for you all! john and i have been doing a lot of redecorating within our home and during the process, we made one of our rooms into my dream craft space and studio!

i knew that i wanted to go with the color scheme of teal, white, and gray, with pops of pink so the first thing i did was use a whole lot of spray paint. it’s crazy how easy spray paint was to use and now i want to use it on everything!

the dogs even enjoyed the process with a whole lot of watching and making sure things were done right!

when we started the craft room i had a vision of exactly what i wanted the main desk to look like and john made it come to life! after a few trips to home depot, lots of paint, and patience the result was better than i could have asked for!

interested in the building plans for it? shoot me over an email and i’d love to share them with you!

as you can see there is a whole lot of organization going on this room. ikea was definitely my friend during looking for new furniture and i scored a great washi shelf while scrolling through fb marketplace.

it took a few weeks to complete, but was SO worth it! i can’t wait for all the memories i’m going to make in here!

i’m sure you can expect a more thorough craft room tour from me soon!

5 things i love monday

hello everyone; it’s been a bit. hoping your pandemic summer is going as well as it can and that you’re all staying safe and healthy!

welp, i thought it may be fun to do my rendition of 10 things i love sunday, so here are some things i’ve been loving lately:

1, this book by rachel hollis. i believe this is one of those books that despite your background or where you are in life, you’ll gain something from reading it. i aimed to read a chapter a day and i felt like each chapter left me with some insight and good advice. i’d recommend; it’s a light read and won’t take you long to get through.

2. i’m sure i’ve mentioned these before, but these are a game changer for bath time. our kids LOVE them and sometimes are the only motivation they have to actually take a bath.

3. i’m a sucker for trying new recipes and this one is getting added to our list of repeaters! it’s super tasty, easy to make, and perfect for any get togethers. the kiddos even enjoyed helping me make them.

4. if you have kids, you need this for the hot summer heat. it’s fairly easy to put up and take down and big enough for adults to sit in to. we broke it out this weekend for an adult-only party and probably enjoyed it just as much as the kids.

let me know if you purchase one of my recent favorites; i’d love to know what you think!

if we were having coffee, our coffee convo would look a little like this.

hey friends, welcome back!

if you’re new here, i use these “coffee convos” to share some of my ramblings, thoughts, and life updates. so cozy up, grab a glass of whatever you’re drinking, and hope you enjoy what i’m sharing.

if we were having coffee, i’d talk about how we’ve been doing a little decorating around the house lately. we held out as long as we could to take down our christmas decor; but it was definitely time. now with that all put away, the house seems so much emptier so we’ve been adding a few touches.

we recently took a trip to costco and stumbled upon probably my new favorite house plant. we bought a pot for it, transferred it in to it, and found a great spot for it in our home that gets great light. #costcodoesitagain

if we were having coffee, id fill you in that all four of our kids hit the sick train for a bit. between two cases of the flu, ear infections, and lots of runny noses, they’re all finally feeling better and on the mend. fingers crossed it stays that way for a long while and no more school has to be missed.

if we were having coffee, i’d talk about how in our family, we’ve been celebrating a few birthdays. mahkena turned 8 at the end of february and i still can’t believe that she’s already that old. we’re looking forward to celebrating with close friends and family soon.

also, our maci girl celebrated a birthday over the weekend and we made sure to spoil her with lots of puppy snuggles.

if we were having coffee, i’d ask if you had any new show recommendations. lately, we’ve binge-watched the new show love is blind on netflix and are almost all caught up with shameless. we’re leaning towards watching game of thrones next, but are always on the lookout for some new ones to add to our list.

this month has some super exciting things planned for us, and we’re excited! what fun things do you have planned for march?

our christmas tree.

i’ve been so excited to decorate our christmas tree this year. i find that it always sets the tone; i love waking up in the morning and turning on the lights and immediately the house feels warm and cozy.

if it were up to me we would have christmas trees up for more than just a month or two out of the year, and that’s probably why this year we didn’t make it out of november before putting our’s up.

our plan is to hopefully get another tree or two for our front room and family room downstairs, but wanted to get our main tree up while we had our kids for the weekend. so saturday morning we woke up and hauled all the christmas decor upstairs.

we got the tree up and fluffed and immediately let the kids start hanging ornaments. this is always one of my favorite parts about getting ready for the holidays; just watching the littles make these memories; seeing them smile as they hang the ornaments one-by-one on the tree.

while i love the tree during the day, i love how magical it feels at night. the warm glow makes me want to cozy up and snuggle under a blanket and turn on a christmas movie.

i’ll be sharing more of our holiday photos, but in the meantime, wishing you all a happy thanksgiving; and happy tree decorating!