• Easy teacher appreciation craft idea that coordinated with our school's theme for the week, Bloom and Grow. This thank you flower gift is creative, kid friendly and budget friendly. #teacher #gifts #craft #creative #preschool
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    Teacher Appreciation Craft

    It’s Catholic Schools week in San Diego which almost means that it’s Teacher Appreciation time. Last year, we had just started preschool the week before and I literally just had a baby so our gift was a card and some money. It was greatly appreciated but I wanted to be a little more crafty, and frankly prepared, this time around. This year’s theme is “Bloom and Grow” so I put together this teacher appreciation craft for Big Nugget and me to do as a thank you gift for her wonderful teachers. This post contains some affiliate links – meaning if you click through the links and buy anything, the retailer…

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    Where The Wild Things Are Birthday

    It’s hard to believe that we just celebrated Little Nugget’s first birthday. She doesn’t actually turn one until this Saturday but we did the party a week early since we had family in town. I said wasn’t going to go crazy, and I actually think I kept myself in check this time around. The guest list was small and I kept the menu simple since it was a mid morning gathering. I started to look for ideas on Pinterest and Etsy – at first just for some pink and gold party supplies. Then I found a “Wild One” birthday banner that was adorable and then I saw some ideas for…

  • Family

    Checking In – The Challenge Begins

    This post contains affiliate links. I said that I was going to be checking in once a week with how I’m tracking on my goals for the year and I missed last week. Good thing one of my goals wasn’t to remain consistent. HA! I did have family in town for the last week and our routine and schedules were somewhat thrown into the wind. PLUS we celebrated Little Nugget’s first birthday Saturday so I was all consumed with that – stay turned for more pictures and a full party recap. But it’s a new week and I’m back on track, at least with my check in’s. Health Even with…

  • Function

    5 Lessons Learned Replacing Our Windows

    When we bought this house, we knew that the original windows would need to be replaced. Other home improvement projects took priority, like rebuilding our dining room after a flood, but the windows were high priority. We knew the value of that project since we replaced the windows in our last home. It made such a huge difference. Here are the five lessons we learned replacing our windows. 1. Windows are worth the investment Our house was built in 1979 and the original windows seemed like the bare minimum you would need to keep the Southern California weather out. Some of the screens were gone or ripped and it took…

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    Checking In – Serious Fangirl Moment

    This post contains affiliate links I’ve decided that I’d check in once a week to see how I’ve done so far on my goals for the year. It will keep me accountable but will also give me a chance to update on anything I’ve learned. I’m also sharing our meal plan for the week. Have you heard about the one word for 2018 trend? I decided that my word for 2018 is ‘grow’. It encompasses what I want to get out of my Detox and Deepen and my friend from Sweet Lilac Prints did this amazing hand lettered graphic for me. Check out her page, she’s so super talented. Health…

  • Food

    Meal Planning

    This post contains affiliate links but they are all products that I use in my daily life. One of the things that I think my husband and I have gotten pretty good at is meal planning. He likes having the week planned out and I like having a full fridge – especially now that I’m home each day. We sit down on either Saturday or Sunday and plan out what we are going to have for dinner at least through Thursday. Benefits of Meal Planning Sitting down and meal planning might seem daunting but there are so many benefits. My husband is the type who could have chicken/rice/beans each night,…