Cinnamon Coconut Frappe

13 July 2018

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Happy Friday! I'm taking a break from the list-loving Friday Favorites posts to share this fun, summer drink recipe, but if you want to read something in list form, check out my favorite welcome mats from the interwebs or my 4 favorite baby essentials for the pool/beach!

Just for laughs, sometimes I think about the days when I didn't like coffee (a hilarious thought, right?). And here I am, talking about how I make myself feel fancy with summery coffee drinks that I ABSOLUTELY have in-hand as I lug 2 children in a red wagon all the way to our local pool. Wagon handle in one hand, lidded mason jar fancy summer coffee in the other. (My 18-year-old self would laugh so hard at that sight.)

Currently | July 2018

04 July 2018

(This picture is a joke because the 90+ temps and 70% humidity have made it impossible to read outside on decks like this!)

Happy 4th of July, my favorite holiday!! May your day be full of happy sticky delicious sparkly red-white-and-blue things.

The past few days have been so relaxing, so refreshing, and full of sweet memories in the making. Devin is installing a new hardwood floor at our house, so me and the kids are visiting my grandmother, who lives about an hour away. Have you ever stayed at a friend's house with kids? It's lots of trying to convince them to nap in a place that isn't home, trying to be good guests even though toddlers throw toys everywhere, etc.


This is not like that. My grandmother isn't phased by a screeching baby who does NOT want to go to bed in a pack-n-play, and she doesn't bat an eye when I ask for carpet cleaner because Aiden peed on her white carpets. (He hasn't had an accident in months but apparently on white carpets, yes, that's where it had to happen.) She premade delicious dinners for us last week, so while she does puzzles with Aiden and rolls a ball to Emma, I heat up our dinner. It's the perfect setup!

Well. That's such a ramble about what the past week has been like, so let me move on to this month's Currently linkup prompts, thanks to Anne & Shelly!

Summer!! Bonfires, planting grass seed, pool days, sweating to death no matter's all one big celebrating of summer and I never want it to end.

My grandmother. See above. ;)

This sweet potato and egg breakfast/brunch sheetpan meal (which I posted on Instagram!), and hoping to make zucchini chocolate chip cookies!

This one shoulder bathing suit, which I could do an entire blog post on. It's AMAZING and the rouching in the front helps flatten my stomach. It runs small though--I usually wear a 4 and the size 8 is a little tight on me. If you're short, you should be good. Otherwise, size up and enjoy free returns if it's too small!

Smile Brilliant custom whitening trays. They sent me a set to review, but they're honestly my favorite thing. I looove having whiter teeth, and they are insanely easy to use. The giveaway to win $149 credit to Smile Brilliant closes in 4 days, if you wanted to enter!!

What are you up to these days? How are you celebrating the 4th?

For Multitasking Moms: How to Whiten Your Teeth At Home

02 July 2018

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As a stay-at-home mom, it takes some real creativity to get everything done during the day. I want to read to and play with my little ones, but there's always laundry, dishes, and cleaning that has to get done! Lots of times, I find myself multitasking: talking to my toddler while he plays with play-doh and I wash dishes, folding laundry during naptime while I listen to a podcast, mowing the yard while the washing machine runs.

All that multitasking and mothering takes energy, and since having Aiden, I've quickly become a coffee aficionado (even though I used to HAAAATE it!)....which also means it takes a little bit of effort to make sure my teeth don't look like I've been smoking for 40+ years.

Things Aiden Says, Vol. 3

26 June 2018

Happy Tuesday! Summer is in full swing for us here, and Aiden just had his first swim lesson yesterday, which is where these photos are from! Each day my goal is to spend as much time outside as possible, whether it's a play date in a friend's yard, our local pool, or the park. Gotta have our vitamin D fix! (I even started a category on my Instagram stories called Summer Adventures or something, if you want to see our favorite memories.)

Aiden's vocabulary is insaaaaane. He knows so many words and can communicate so well, which has led to some pretty funny conversations! When I first started writing down the funny things he said (volume 1), it was mostly individual words or phrases. Now, it's full on conversations!