We finally took the time to sit down and edit the Colorado pics from a few weeks ago. It really was such a remarkable trip. There are so many images I want to share so I am going to break it down over the next few days. Being able to explore some of the Mr's favorite old stomping grounds with the kiddos made for memories that we will have for a lifetime. Well at least I sure do hope so! I have heard many stories that take place at Garden of the God's over the years. Now I can see why. It was beyond beautiful. The kiddos loved to climb a bit, learn about the animals that roam there, and the views were just breathtaking.

Oh, and Ellie was going through some of the pics with me and said I just had to share this one. Ha. Apparently she likes her mama looking like a goof.

my outfit: top | shorts | shoes super old {similar} | purse | sunnies

kj: crewcuts {similar}

Mr: J. Crew

Ellie: crewcuts


10 Years

Today is our 10 year anniversary. There is a part of me that feels like he has always been there then there is another part that makes me stop and gasp that I can actually be old enough to be married for 10 whole years. He truly is my best friend. He makes our life an adventure. He has faith in me even when I struggle to do so myself. He really is the best part of me and am eager to see where life takes us. We have a big trip planned for this fall while the kiddos are in school and I could not be more excited! It will be the first extended time I will be away from the kiddos, but 10 years is a great milestone for a second honeymoon of sorts.


Progress {the new house}

We are in the new house and have been plugging away trying to figure out how we can make it all fit. I have no pretty photos to share as of yet, but if I wait till we do then I may never blog again. So here are my not so pretty pictures of our progress. The main bathroom got a new faucet that I found for a steal at Lowe's. I am hoping the sparkle will distract the eye from the rest of the bath. HA. The kitchen is coming along slowly, but surely. For now replacing the whole floor is not an option so the next best thing is to make a sort of vestibule. I am going with the black and off white hexagon tile. Here's to hoping it looks fabulous!


Me Oh My...

So we still haven't moved. Boo. The new house is just not ready. Now we are struggle with our insurance company because they say our current house is "livable" because we still have running water. Umm, how in the world do you live in a house where everything is piled atop each other and nails are sticking up from the ground and everything is covered what I can only guess to be drywall dust with 2 kids. So instead of them offering us a hotel we have been floating from house to house, still. So grateful for good family and friends. Our current stay is not all that bad though so I really can't complain even if I do want to stomp my feet and cry like a baby. The kids are adapting better than I and of course having a pool in the backyard does make it all better.


Skincare {a review + new favorite}

When the founder of Ellovi contacted me about their body butter I was intrigued. My overly sensitive dryer than dry skin has me very limited on what I can use on my body, but after reading the ingredient {there are only 6!} and knowing it is fragrance free then I thought I would give it a go. The box arrived right when we were leaving for Colorado and I grabbed the lip butter while flying out the door. As my lips started to chap in the dry Colorado air this stuff really saved me and the kids. It didn't leave a weird white film that often happens to me and almost immediately put my lips back to normal. I used it only about once or twice a day and it really lasted. By the time I got home my skin was really ashy and somewhat gross. I immediately started using the body butter and fell in love. It goes on really thick so you only need a little, but after two applications my skin is completely back to normal if not better. I also love that I can use it on Ellie knowing that I am not putting added chemicals on her skin which is hugely important to me. Her skin is even more sensitive than mine so most lotions and creams just don't work for her. So happy to have an actual option for her now and a new fave for me!

*I was given this product to review, but all opinions are my own. I am a new fan and will be buying this again and again.