If you have followed us for any length of time you know we like to road trip! Having just finished up a Southwest road trip and getting ready for a Northwest trip in September I thought it might be time to share some of our road trip secrets and the general things we tend to do to make sure a trip is successful. Almost every single time we head out I get a million direct messages asking where we are staying, how we found good coffee, and how we manage to road trip and have fun with two small children. SO whether you are planning a road trip this summer or not if you have ever thought about packing your little ones up in the car and heading out this is the post for you! I should mention this post is sponsored by Firestone Auto Care AND all thoughts are my own.Read More
If you follow us on Instagram you know we went on a road trip last month and it was absolutely amazing. I am going to be documenting the things we did in each stop and this is part one. Moab is about a 5 to 6 hour drive from Denver and the logical first stop on our trip. We left mid day and stopped multiple times for coffee... because 5 hours may seem like a short drive but throw in two babies.. one who is kind of potty training and yeah we stopped a few times along the way. This was our first time to Moab and I was so excited and may have gone overboard on the research ahead of time! SO here are 5 things we did with a 6 month old and a three year old along...Read More
If you missed it at three weeks postpartum we decided we needed a break... Ben was off on paternity leave and so it just made sense to go on a little trip before he went back to work. YES I had just had a baby, yes we were still figuring all of that out BUT it was a completely magical trip. We chose Santa Fe for a couple of different reasons but primarily because neither of us had been there, it was only a 5 hour drive from Denver, and there was a really amazing art experience Ben had been talking about forever that we decided it was time to go see! Rather than tell you about the trip I thought I would just create a list of the top 5 things to do (or that we did there... or near by)!Read More
I remember being pregnant with Jessamyn and literally having a million online wish lists and shopping carts full of baby things. I was convinced we needed everything and more and the nesting instinct definitely didn't help the situation any! I literally filled our house with baby products the first time around BUT since I hung on to most of those things and we are having a second girl I wanted to share some items we didn't have last time that I have made "must haves" this time. Things That I either saw other moms using, heard about online, or just think will be amazing this time around!Read More
I posted a while back with some tips for better Instagram engagement and still to this day it is one of my most viewed posts. (You can find it HERE and before reading this if you haven't read that post go now because this is more specific and that will provide some background for this post) The most common email, direct message, and commented question I get is always about Instagram, collaborations, and growth. So I thought it was high time for a follow up post which in some ways my views have really changed as it has been over a year since my last "Instagram tip" post and as I watch the algorithm and marketing change the way people interact with Instagram I am realizing my own views and use of this social platform have changed as well. So on that note please keep reading if you want to hear my thoughts and opinions... these are not to be taken as an attack on anyone, as saying my way is the only or best way, or as a complaint.. this is just completely my perspective and how I strive to function within this community it is NOT an ultimate guide or the end all be all of how to use Instagram..Read More
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away.
So he said to his mother, “I am running away.”
“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you.
For you are my little bunny.”
- The Runaway BunnyRead More
If you couldn't guess Fall is absolutely my very favorite season ever and so I thought I would put together a list of activities that you can do with you little ones during this season! I honestly never did things things until I had a child and now couldn't imagine not spending a Fall hunting for beauty and collecting all the pumpkins!Read More
So every year on my husbands birthday I try to out do myself. Ben and I have been together for four birthdays now and honestly as stressful as it can be trying to come up with a new gift every year it is also super fun and I love finding beautiful little shops and just personal ways to let him know I am grateful he is alive.
SO this year I thought I would put my finds together for you to see as well! I feel like I am always searching gift guides for inspiration and hope this will bring you some too!
First (and maybe most importantly or at least for my sanity) A good bag of coffee! My husband loves coffee and so naturally this ends up in my gift... pretty often. This time around it was Huckleberry Roasters a local Denver coffee roaster that we love! Not only do they have great coffee but they offer a coffee subscription service... so basically you don't have to run out unless you want to! Their roasting style is really lovely and I always appreciate the unique flavors and offering they bring with each roast. Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of good coffee!
Oh and if your man is not a coffee lover whiskey is a great alternative!
Secondly on my list I always try to get Ben something personalized. One year it was a keychain with the GPS coordinates for the spot where he proposed, another year it was personalized spoons with a funny spoon related quote on them... basically always something kind of sweet and just a reminder that I love him. This year it was a wallet from Red Leaf Leather with a quote from The Velveteen Rabbit which the pastor read at our wedding. Red Leaf Leather makes the lovelies wallets and other leather goods and they can be personalized (and come in so many colors) which is basically the best. I love this wallet not only because it is good quality and Ben can hopefully use it forever but because I was able to make it unique and personal to him which really is the essence of a good gift.
Lastly one of the things I often do is search Etsy for unique shirts and this year found BlackBirdTees. Basically one of the loveliest shops I have every stumbled upon. BlackBirdTees has a wide variety of products and all of them so earthy and good! This is one of the softest shirts I have ever felt and the design is just awesome, Ben loved it! There is something fun about having a shirt that is unique and a style all your own and I love the variety and beautiful choices BlackBirdTees has.
So thats basically it, a good gift is simple, and genuine. Sometimes we worry so much about giving the biggest or greatest gift but at the end of the day showing someone you love them and thought of them is enough. I hope that you found a little inspiration in this guide... there will probably be more as the holidays are coming!
Ps. If you are waiting on a bus update check back next week and A LOT in October as that is when we are hoping to get this all finished!