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?

LOVED & LINKED

it’s been a while since i’ve shared some of my recent favorite buys with all of you, so why not share some now?! i’d love to know if you’ve used any of these or now plan to give them a try!

alright. don’t judge, but your girl is already getting hot flashes and this thing has so come in handy! it’s small enough to keep in my purse and the fact that it’s also a power bank is sooo convenient.

if you like a good thriller book to read, this is it. it’s perfect for a quick read and totally not what you’d expect.

i’m a sucker for a good set of press-on nails and these have been one of my go-tos lately. they’re classy, yet durable, and not over the top.

and lastly, who doesn’t love a good body product and one that boosts energy at that?! i stumbled across this line a few months ago and now have them scattered around home and even work. it smells so good and leaves you feeling energized!

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.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL INTERVIEWS (2020/2021).

can you believe how fast the school year went? i feel like we were just preparing all of the school supplies and getting ready to send them out the door for their first day. and in the blink of an eye, we’re here and celebrating the last day of the 2020/2021 school year.

our girls started sevenththird, and first this year.  and just like previous years, we made sure to do our last day of school “interviews”. i asked the girls these questions and i thought i’d share with all of you…plus we had to include mr. mason; scroll to the bottom for his hilarious answers.

aubrey

Grade: First

Age: 7

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Buttered Noodles

What Are You Good At: Math

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: Veterinarian

What Makes You Happy: Family

What Scares You: Ghosts

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Home Alone

Favorite Memory From This Year: Cabin Trip to Iowa

mahkena

Grade: 3rd Grade     

Age: 9

Favorite Color: Pink

Favorite Food: Donuts

What Are You Good At: Drawing

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: Veterinarian

What Makes You Happy: Seeing Animals

What Scares You: Aubrey

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Jurassic World

Favorite Memory From This Year: Getting A Bunny

kaylei

Grade: 7th Grade

Age: 12

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Food: Pasta Salad

What Are You Good At: Being Mean To My Siblings

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: Rich

What Makes You Happy: Food

What Scares You: Butterflies

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Fast & Furious

Favorite Memory From This Year: June 3rd, 2021 – Last Real Day of School

and although mason isn’t old enough to be in school, we thoroughly enjoyed asking him the same questions…

mason



Grade: Too Cool for School

Age: 3

Favorite Color: White

Favorite Food: McDonalds

What Are You Good At: Teaching Someone How To Do Flips

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up: A Bad Guy Or A Dragon

What Makes You Happy: When Mommy & Daddy Say “I Love You”

What Scares You: The Dark

What Is Your Favorite Movie: Matilda & Hocus Pocus

Favorite Memory From This Year: Having Family Movies

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!

EASTER 2021

i hope you all had a wonderful easter whether you were celebrating at home relaxing, around the table with family, or alone. we were so lucky this year with amazing weather here in illinois; it always makes the day a whole lot more enjoyable when the sun is shining.

this year was a little different for us as we only had the two littles with us while the older girls were spending the holiday with their dad’s family. we missed them bunches and can’t wait to celebrate with them when they come home.

we started our morning searching around the house for easter baskets. it only took a few trips around each room for the kids to finally find them and i think they were more than happy with the surprises the bunny left them…new jammies, shoes, swimsuits, toys, and candy. they sure got spoiled!

the four of us made sure to sneak in some quick family photos in our matching outfits before leaving the house. i still can’t get over how adorable the kids looked with their hair all done and in spring colors.

aubrey and i got our matching dresses from amazon; you can find them here. i was pleasantly surprised with the quality of them and how comfortable they were. us girls sure loved that they had pockets too!

we went to family’s for a big breakfast and it was perfect. the food was delicious, the mimosas were tasty, and being able to spend that time with family was my favorite.

the kid’s got to do an easter egg hunt around the house after breakfast and finished with buckets full of candy and big smiles on their faces.

the rest of the day we just spent time together and enjoyed the nice weather with a cook out and a family walk. we had a great easter and sure hope you did too!

MARCH 2021; A VIDEO OF OUR MONTH.

three months in to 2021 and the time still is flying by. i really enjoy making these quick video collages of our month to capture the memories that we’re creating.

take a look at our month and see what we’ve been up to as a family of 6.

RENOVATING OUR MASTER BEDROOM

to be honest, this post is long overdue. we completed our master bedroom reno project months ago, but were waiting on a few more furniture pieces to be truly complete. but let’s be honest, i love re-arranging and new decor, so i’m sure it will always be changing up.

the main reason we wanted to do a renovation was because of the color. the walls were a tan-ish color and the trim was in need of some serious love. we wanted to change the color to a light grey to brighten the room and accent it with white trim. it took MULTIPLE coats to get the trim a bright white, but once it was done we loved the contrast with the gray walls.

rather than buying a new stand for below our tv, i diy’ed our old entertainment stand from the living room. with a bit of sanding and a bright white color painted on, the result was exactly was what i was hoping for. i love that we decided to keep the old color on the top; it gives it more of a “rustic feel” and makes the white stand out.

we both love the color purple so we knew from the very begining that we wanted to accent with purple. we bought some new curtains for the sliding door to our balcony and a purple comforter to match.

the decor in our room is absolutely my favorite. we added a lot of white floating shelves, customized prints we ordered online, and some art that i painted.

lastly, we needed a new bed. we searched for a few weeks but came across this one on wayfair and love how it matches everything. i’ll be working on some sketches soon to frame and add above the bed.

this was the last photo that i have of our “new” room; since then we’ve added a few plants. our plan this spring/summer is to re-paint the deck outside our balcony and add some outdoor furniture.

March Amazon Favorites

happy friday! the weekend is finally here, spring is right around the corner, and the sun is shining! i thought i’d start the weekend off right by sharing my recent favorite purchases from amazon with all of you. who doesn’t love a good haul?!

john surprised me with airpod pros for part of my valentine’s day gift and i wanted a cute case to go with them to prevent them from getting scratches. i found this one for such a steal for under $7!

we needed a new kitchen mat for near our sink and found these on amazon. such a great price for a pack of 2! we used the other one in front of our stove and the length is perfect. my favorite is the vibrant color that goes so well with our kitchen color scheme.

this gel nail light. i’ve enjoyed doing my nails lately, and with three little girls this thing comes in handy. it’s under $12 right now and is amazing. my nails are completely dry within a few minutes and lasts for easily 2 weeks. if you’re looking for a great gel nail light, this is it!

what are your amazon favorites lately?