Fall Accessories + A JORD Wood Watch Review and Giveaway

October 2nd, 2016 0 Comments

When it comes to fall, I can honestly say that it is my absolute favorite season.

I love the clothes.
I love the apples.
I love pumpkin spice everything, bonfires, sweatshirts, and boots with jeans.


Jeans (Similar) | Striped Shirt | Scarf | Boots (Similar) | Bracelets | Necklace | Watch

But the thing I love the most about fall is the accessories.
After a long hot summer, I finally get to pull out my scarves, hats, boots, and this year… I got a gorgeous new watch. Not just any watch, a JORD Wood Watch


Friends, this is a cool watch.
It’s beautifully designed with you in mind, each watch being handcrafted of wood made from sustainably harvested trees. It is beautiful, functional, and lightweight. I couldn’t believe how lightweight it was when it arrived. I was very pleasantly surprised.


The watch I chose, from the Fieldcrest Series is made from Zebrawood and Maple. This is a hardgrain wood that is sustainably-harvested from West Africa. While the face of the watch, made from Maple, comes from the Northeastern part of North America. It matches all of my favorite fall outfits perfectly.
The best part? It has scratch proof glass face! Seriously friends, it doesn’t get better than that.
Especially with kids hanging off you all day… things tend to get scratched.


 Right now, because I love you, and because JORD is amazing;
I am teaming up with JORD and giving you a chance to win a $75 e-voucher towards the purchase of your watch. Go HERE to enter. When you do, in just one easy step you will automatically receive a $20 e-voucher toward the purchase of the watch of your choice. The contest ends Sunday, October 30, so don’t delay!


To sum it up, I am in LOVE with this watch.
I’ve already ordered another one.

And don’t forget… Christmas is only 2 months away!
Get this on your gift list or on the list for those you love.
Trust me, they will love them too!

This post was sponsored by JORD 
Luxury Wood Watch
As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

The Day of the Broken Arm

September 14th, 2016 1 Comment


It started out as any normal Sunday.

A lazy morning drinking coffee while Zach played Legos on the floor with Zoie.


A quick trip to the grocery store to grab some goodies for the Seahawks game.

Some selfies to show our team spirit!



Then the game began! For the first time in months we got a chance to use our theater room. Excited for the first Seahawks game of the season, we grabbed some yummy snacks and settled in for the afternoon. Little did we know… that the afternoon would take a terribly different turn.

About an hour into the game, Zoie of course became bored just sitting and watching football… to be honest, I’m surprised she lasted as long as she did. She was in front of us playing on the bean bag chairs, or what she calls, billy balls.

It was then she got the idea to get her stool (the one she uses to reach the sink in the bathroom) and jump from the stool to the bean bag chair. We didn’t think anything of it. It was barely a foot off the ground… what could go wrong?

Well, something did go wrong. It was the simplest little thing.
She stepped up onto the stool with one foot and as she lifted the second foot to step fully onto the stool, it flipped backwards out from under her and she crashed forward… catching her full weight with her left arm.

It was awful. It all happened so fast. She went down and when she came back up her face was white as a sheet. We knew immediately that something wasn’t right. I jumped up and pulled her into my arms. She was wailing and holding her arm. One look at it and I knew it was broken. There weren’t any protruding bones, but down by her wrist there was a significant bend where there shouldn’t have been.

Within minutes I had ice on her arm and she was strapped into her carseat on the way to the emergency room. The drive there (25 minutes) took longer than our wait once we arrived. Our nurse was wonderful, so kind and so very gentle with Zoie.


They sent us to get an x-ray right away and the results were instant. There it was… her poor little bone was bent. Right above her wrist.


We were taken to a room and there we waited for the doctor to confirm. The doctor came and told us that it was most definitely broken. There was nothing that they could do at the time. They put her in a splint and sent us on our way, telling us to go to the Shriners Children’s Hospital Fracture Clinic the following morning.

With a pain med prescription in hand, we went home for the night. Our little trooper did really well. She was in a little pain but the meds seemed to help. She was so strong and brave, never complaining and wanting to share with everyone what had happened.



On Monday morning we were first in line at the Fracture Clinic. They were wonderful. Explained that her radius had a greenstick fracture which is why it was bent and not fully broken in pieces. This is because she is so young and her bones are still soft; a blessing. The ulna is also displaced and has a small fracture in it. With diagnosis in hand, they were confident that surgery to repair the displacement was not needed (again due to her age) and that simply a cast for several weeks should do the trick.




She chose a pink sparkly cast. No surprise there.


So now we are home again and learning to deal with life a little differently.
Some things are harder for Zoie again, like getting dressed and buckling her car seat, things she’s been proudly doing on her own for some time.

It will be an adjustment for sure. But she is the strongest little person that I know. She’s already spent some time in the garage trying to figure out how to bike and scooter with a bent arm that doesn’t reach one handle.


This isn’t going to slow her down one bit.

Fair Night

September 12th, 2016 0 Comments

What a night!

The fair is in town and Friday night we took it full advantage of all it had to offer.

Zoie has been missing her friend, Tyler. With the busy we’ve all been feeling this summer, we haven’t seen Tyler and his family as much as we’d like. We thought going to the fair was the perfect opportunity to get the kids together for a fun night.

Zoie and Tyler

We started out the evening at the petting zoo where the kids spent some time feeding the goats and sheep.

Feeding Goats

After feeding the animals, the kiddos fueled up with a cheeseburger and got themselves pumped and ready for Mutton Bustin’.

For those of you that don’t know what Mutton Bustin is… well, it’s when kiddos ride sheep. They get set up with a helmet and chest protector then  climb on the back of a sheep and hold on tight for as long as they can. Six seconds is the goal, but as you’ll see, it isn’t easy, but it’s great training for their future rodeo careers.


Getting Ready


Zoie and Tyler were ready!


Zoie’s Turn.


Tyler’s Turn.


The kids did awesome! They were so brave and Zoie was the littlest one out there at 33 pounds.

It was a success! They both came out without a scratch and it was so fun watching them be so brave.


After the Mutton Bustin we grabbed some sweet treats and headed off to the rodeo where the Fair Princesses held the full attention of our future rodeo queen, Zoie, and the bronk riders and cattle wrestlers were the stars of the show.

Of course, we couldn’t leave the fair without playing a game or two and going on a few rides.



Zoie loves the fast rides and rollercoasters… Tyler, not so much.


These cool cars were more Tyler’s speed… I feel like I’m looking into their future here. lol


So Strong!


Big Winners!


We can’t wait to go back again next year!
Although, I didn’t get a corn dog so we may have to head back before it ends this weekend.

Visiting Seattle

June 16th, 2016 2 Comments

A couple weeks ago we decided that the three of us needed a little break from life. So we escaped to Seattle for the weekend.

Only a four hour drive from our house… we loaded up the trailer on Thursday afternoon and hit the road.

It was exactly what we needed.

We went up the Space Needle.

Space Needle

We spent some time at the Seattle Aquarium.


We rode the Giant Wheel.

The Big Wheel

We walked through Pike Place Market where of course we stopped to see the fish throwers.

Pike Place

We even let Zoie put her mark on the Famous Seattle Gum Wall.

Gum Wall

All in all we had a wonderful time together. It was exactly what we needed to unwind from the crazy and sad that we were feeling the previous week.
We had a great time showing Zoie all the fun things there are to see in our great state of Washington.

Can’t wait for our next adventure!

Dropping off Our Navy Girl

May 20th, 2016 5 Comments

Now that we’ve survived the last several days after dropping her off… even though there were a few times there when we thought we wouldn’t… I am ready to share everything about Ari’s drop off for boot camp.


We are beyond proud of our oldest daughter, Ariana, and her choice to join the United States Navy. Though it is something we’ve been speaking to her about for several years, we had thought the possibility was no longer an option for her. Then one day back in December, we got the call. For her, the time was right. She no longer wanted to see herself stuck in a place where she was given very few options to better her future.

She wanted a better life and she took the first steps to doing so. All on her own. The decision was hers and she made it without any persuasion. Within the next week she was all signed up, tested in, and had made her choice of future profession as a future Air Crewman with the United States Navy. A very ambitious choice, but I know this girl, and she is capable of anything.

The last five months have flown by, and last Sunday the time finally came for us to hit the road, head to meet her recruiter, and drop her off at MEPS. Thats the Military Entrance Processing Station. Who knew there was such a place? Not me. We’re learning so much!

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After spending Monday saying her goodbyes and spending her last hours with family, Tuesday morning had finally arrived. Our last day (insert about to cry face here). We met Ariana at the MEPS office to watch her final swearing in. It was a bittersweet event. Very short and to the point. Seriously though… we couldn’t be any more proud!



Later that morning, we met Ari at the airport. For our final goodbye.


This has been really hard on our family. I never thought I would feel so… sad… I really miss her. It’s strange not having her around the house. The basement has been really quiet, Zoie asks for her all day long, and at least once an hour we ask each other, “What do you think Ari’s doing right now?”

Like right now… What do you think Ari’s doing right now? As you read this? Our usual guesses are sleeping, eating, or getting yelled at. lol

That drop off was one of the hardest things we’ve ever done. Zach and I have been through a lot in the last thirteen years. We’ve certainly had our ups and downs as no ones life is perfect. But there is only one other time in all those years that I have seen my husband cry, and that was the day that his dad passed away. To see him cry after dropping off his baby girl at the airport was… unexplainable.

The love he has for his kids is an amazing thing, to let one of them fly from the nest, to let her go and do something so big and selfless was not something he could have prepared himself for.


I think the hardest part of letting her go is the lack of communication. We’ve gone from seeing her every day and speaking to her all day long, to nothing. Just nothing. I am constantly wondering what she is doing. How she is doing. How she is feeling. I know she can do this. I know she is more than capable. She can do anything she sets her mind to. She is so strong! She is beyond brave! It’s the not knowing exactly where she is and what she is doing that is so hard. All day long I want to send her encouragement, but we can’t. So we send all of our positive vibes her way. I sure hope she can feel them.

Then we count down the days til graduation…

Do me a favor? Send some positive vibes and encouragement to her for me?

A Message to the Selfish

May 19th, 2016 4 Comments

I want to tell you a few things about me. I tend to have strong morals and opinions on certain things that affect me, my family, and those that I love. I have a big heart and there is room for a lot of love in it. I no longer have room in my heart or my life for haters, narcissists, and selfish bitches.


I more often than not get myself into trouble and alienate people for speaking my mind or my opinions. The selfish and the narcissists tend to not like the opinions of others. They don’t like that which they cannot control.  In my short time in this life, I’ve found that there are a lot of people don’t like when others think differently than they do. Does that mean that I shouldn’t be allowed to share my thoughts? Hell no! I am who I am and they are my thoughts and feelings. If you don’t share them I am not going to berate you for it… so why do so many feel it is ok to do that to me?

Why should I have to swallow my hurt feelings for the fear that if by telling someone they will ‘unfriend’ me if they don’t agree? I don’t think I should. If wouldn’t expect differently from anyone else. If I hurt someone’s feelings, I would like to know about it. If we have a differing opinion, lets agree to disagree and move on to another subject. I’m not going to be treated badly for not believing the same or for not having the exact thoughts as others.

That doesn’t even include the nasty people that are in your life solely for the benefit of themselves. I don’t need people in my life that are here only to obtain something from me, whether that be things done for them or even things purchased for them. I have a giving heart and am more than happy to do things for people that appreciate it. True friends aren’t here for things, they are here for love and friendship and I welcome you with open arms.


So this is to all the haters out there. The ones that think it’s okay to make people feel bad for thinking differently than you. F-You!
I am in control of my life, my feelings, and my heart. You want in that, then don’t be an ass hole. I will no longer allow you to dictate my feelings. I will no longer allow you to come into my life and my heart only because it benefits you in some way. I don’t need that kind of drama in my life. If you are here only because you want something from me and plan to cut and run as soon as you get what you need? Stay away, you are not welcome.

It is up to me to decide whether or not to allow people into my life and my heart, and the toxic haters are no longer welcome. I am living my life for me, for my happiness. If it is true friendship or love that you want, please come on over. If you have an agenda, then stay the F away. I don’t need you. You can keep your fake smiles and false promises and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine.

I am done being controlled by the selfish wants and needs of others.


I am ready to be me and not be ashamed of it. I am ready to keep my heart whole. I am ready to only let in the good. The rest is no longer welcome.

Take Me Hiking ~ Dishman Hills Natural Area

April 27th, 2016 0 Comments

We have had some incredibly warm weather here the last couple weeks.
Like, record breaking warm. It’s insane! And we la-la-LOVE it!

We have been enjoying every ounce of the unusual sunshine and spending as much time as we can in the great outdoors. Normally this takes us to our front yard to play soccer or baseball with Zoie in the evenings, but the other day, we found some time… during the day (which never happens)… to sneak out to the valley and find a place to hike.

There aren’t a lot of days that give us a few free hours before 5pm, let alone more than one of us, and at the same time… So we took advantage like nobody’s business, made the quick drive out to the valley and we were at the Dishman Hills Natural Area around lunch time.


Bonus? Parking is FREE!! Can’t beat a free outing with your family and getting in a little exercise to boot. So, with our trusty pack to hold our water and sandwiches, we hit the trail.

It was beautiful! Amazing scenery in every direction, rocky hills to navigate, small lakes and streams, and a stunning number of wild flowers to enjoy.



In total, we hiked about 3 miles, and Zoie did an amazing job, hiking at least 2 of the miles all by herself. Not to shabby for her little legs.

PicMonkey Collage


We hope to get back out there in a week or so to hike the entire route.
Hopefully this weather holds out a bit longer.

Target Practice

April 1st, 2016 1 Comment

“Kids who are taught about guns, don’t feel the need to sneak around and play with them.”

I believe this is absolutely, one hundred percent true!

My dad taught me gun safety when I was very young.
This is also true for my husband with his father.
Guns are not a part of our every day life, but we do have them in our house.

Zach and I both believe that kids cannot be sheltered from guns, whether you agree or not, they are a part of our culture and society. Both good and bad. Why let your kids learn about something so critical from television shows and video games? I feel it is important to teach your kids about gun safety so they are not curious and decide to figure things out on their own. That is where accidents happen.

The other day we got the BB Gun out to go over a few basics with Zoie.
Once we covered (in detail) the safety of carrying and holding a gun, target practice began.

Zoie and Mama

There is nothing better or more fun to shoot at than a can.
But since we just took the recycling in, all I had was a Finding Dory cereal box from Costco. Sorry Dory.

Dory Target

Zoie had a great time trying to line up her sights.
Her aim isn’t too bad either, that dead center shot at Dory was hers.


Next time we’ll head to the woods and learn to shoot a 22. She’ll love that!

Mama Zoie


Travel Tuesday ~ Bend, Oregon

March 15th, 2016 10 Comments

The sun has been shining for a couple weeks here now… off and on anyway… and for us, that means it’s time to get the trailer out and start this years’ new adventures.

We recently made our first voyage out of town and drove the fifth wheel about seven hours from home, down to the middle of Oregon.

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Where we Stayed:

We chose a fantastic little RV Resort on the south side of Bend, called Crown Ville RV Resort. The next time you are in or around Bend and need a place to park for the night, this place was perfect. Easy to get in and out of, lots of space to park and the best part? They had a fenced, off-leash dog area, which was perfect since we were traveling with Ziva this time. I loved it’s beautiful park-like setting in the trees, but it was still close to town.


The entire weekend was spent just hanging out as a family. Something we’ve been needing. We enjoyed hiking, long walks around the park by the river, and meeting new friends at the dog park.

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There was lots of eating at local pubs, and tasting the local beers. Did you know there are more than 30 breweries in the Bend area? I didn’t. But I know now… so much great beer and food to try.
We love trying all things local when we travel.

Where we Ate:

The Deschutes Brewery. The first brewery in Bend, that started in 1988.  They don’t just have beer, they also make root beer for kids. As a mom it makes me incredibly happy when a business shows you that your kids are welcome by offering something special just for them. I love that!
Our favorite beers were The Pinedrops IPA, The Inversion IPA, and the Smoked Gose Sour. If you haven’t tried a sour beer it is a real treat. Unlike anything I’ve ever had before. Some of these are available in stores so check out your local grocer.

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10 Barrel Brewing Co. This little spot on the west end of town had a delicious pizza menu. Great beers at great prices. Well worth the last minute stop we made.

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Bend Mountain Coffee.  Here  we tried some delicious coffee and local treats. I like a good Macchiato and these guys know how to make a great shot of espresso.

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The rest of our weekend was spent doing a whole lot of nothing.
We need weekends like that once in a while!
It feels so good to get away from work and the hustle and bustle of home and just unplug for a few days.

Can’t wait til our next visit to beautiful Bend, Oregon.
There is so much exploring we could have done had the weather been better. I know we could spend weeks here but we only had a few days this time around.

Now that Spring is finally giving us a little warmer weather, we a have a lot more traveling and adventures to enjoy and share! What are some of your travel plans for this spring?

Three Things Thursday ~ Current Feelings about my Blog ~

March 10th, 2016 2 Comments

It’s Thrusday, and that means it’s time to share three things. Three things that have been weighing heavily on my heart the last few weeks and getting back to my roots.

  1. I started this blog to share my life. To share the life and adventures of my family. Somehow it’s turned into a place that I feel intimidated and scared. What do I write about? What can I share? What should I share? What if someone doesn’t like what I have to say? What if no one reads it? What if say the wrong thing? Should I be doing it like everyone else? What if I do the wrong thing?
    I’ve gotten stuck in a writing rut…
    Why? Because I am not a writer, I’m a sharer!
    Yesterday I got so caught up with keeping up with the “Blogging-Joneses” that I hurt the feelings of a dear friend. Not out of carelessness, but because I got so caught up in doing things that aren’t me, that I stopped thinking about what really matters… and for that I am beyond sorry.
    I need to get out of my head and back into my heart and share what I love! I need to share what makes me happy and what I would want to read about. I need to get back to my roots. I need to remember that this is about me and my journey, and not about what others want from me, or what I think others feel I should be doing.
    If no one reads it? Who cares! I’m not here to sell anything or to sell myself, I’m here to share. So that’s what I’m going to do, share what I love!Mar 10-3
  2. I often over think my topics to share. I don’t want to come across as bragging when things go well, I don’t want to come across as negative when things go wrong… I just want to share.
    I’ve been so afraid the last year or so to share what’s going on in my life for fear of what others might think. From this point on, I’m done with that. If someone doesn’t like what I’m sharing, that’s their problem, not mine. There are a few people in my life that tend to use anything good in my life against me and my family and I’m done with it! If those people have issues with the good in my life, that isn’t my problem. That is their problem, and I’m not going to dwell on it or let it stop me any more!IMG_6497
  3. I know this post comes across as kinda negative and maybe even kind of sad… and that’s not my intention. I’ve been in a writing and emotional rut for far too long!
    Here’s to getting my happy back! Both in my life and on my blog.
    I am going to get back to me and what makes me happy.
    No longer will I care about what others think. This is my life and I am going to live and write about it my way!Mar 10-1

Hope everyone has a happy Thursday! Now go link up with my girls and get your share on!