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Monday, May 8, 2017

Chloe's 3rd Birthday Interview



In her own words....


What is your name? "Chloe"

How old are you? "Three, put down three fingers"

Where do you live? "By Sheboygan"

What is your favorite color? Red

What is your favorite animal? "A little sheep. Marlee, because Marlee's at home."

What is your favorite food? "Carrots. Olives. Strawberries"

She got up and left the room and said "I'm done mommy!"
And then she came back a 1/2 hour later... (feisty girl)

What is your favorite toy? "Babies"

What is your favorite song? "Trolls songs"

What is your favorite book? "Kitties"

What is your favorite TV show? "Ballerinas"

Who is your best friend? "Liam"

What make you happy? "A sandcastle at the beach. The water table. Putty. Babies."

What makes you sad? "Angry. Mickey Mouse."

What do you like to do indoors? "Play"

What do you like to do outdoors? "Play again."

What do you want to be when you grow up? "A picture." Then giggled.

Mom's notes: She LOVES: playing with play dough, being read to, going to the library and childrens' museum, hiking outdoors, swinging on swings, kicking balls, blowing bubbles and flying kites. She loves her dolls, Trolls, Barbies and ponies. Chloe is pretty shy around strangers and in public, but if she's comfortable in her surroundings or is with people she knows, she truly shines! She is one lovable and snugly little girl. And her imagination runs wild - often talking to herself, her dolls and imaginary friends.  She is already strong-willed, feisty and smart as heck. We love you Chloe Elise!


View Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview here
View Chloe's 2nd Birthday Interview here

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Things I'm Diggin' Part 3

Sharing some of my current favorite things...


My cousin-in-law gifted this to me shortly after Liam was born. Her friend owns the Wisconsin-born company and hand crafts each product in small batches with pure ingredients. I've had this oil for 5 years and it still hasn't run out! It's made with 100% pure rice bran oil, ylang ylang, geranium, lavender, grapefruit, clary sage, fennel, palmarosa and wild orange. It smells amazing and I use it whenever I feel STRESSED or want a little scent on my wrists.



Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a huge fan of local store Olivu 426. I've tried out MANY of their products and love a lot of them. But this one is my go-to when I just need a pick-me-up. If I'm feeling stressed or tired I spritz this on my face and neck and I get an instant refresh. And it has a pleasant rose water scent. 



I bought this one on a whim on my way to the checkout counter at Ulta one day. I'm a sucker for anything coconut or vanilla. And this one, when I smelled it, took me right to the beach! Some coconut scents smell fake to me, but this one smells just like fresh coconut-milk-out-of-a-coconut. It's not thick like a lotion, it just glides on more like water and leaves a light coconut scent and soft skin.



I'm convinced that EVERY mom, dad, grandparent, daycare teacher and caregiver should own one of these! I found it at a local kitchen store and have loved it since. You just pop the grape or olive or tomato into the hole, push the green stick down and BOOM you have a quartered grape, etc. It's pretty safe too - I let Liam use it with my observation. 



I bought these at a local kitchen store as well and love them. The package comes with four different sizes. I store them in a cupboard above our microwave for easy use. They lie flat and don't warp or curve or stain and they're dishwasher safe. Also important - they're BPA free and FDA approved.



Ceramic Berry Baskets
I'm a ceramic berry basket dork! I love them. Because they're PRETTY and I can display an ordinary thing (fruit) in a pretty way. I got mine as a Christmas gift a couple of years ago and have since gifted them to other people. They can be hard to find at actual stores (although I have seen/bought them at Pier 1, Crate & Barrel and HomeGoods). Online is your best bet.



Fizzy Chill Red wine-in-a-can 
I love a glass of wine or champagne after the kids are in bed. But I do not want to open an entire bottle of champ or wine and let the rest go to waste (I'm not a fan of corking wine or champagne). So these work out perfectly for me! I found this Fizzy Chill Red, which I drink cold. It's a sweeter, fizzy wine that's a nice little treat at the end of the day.




Mini Korbel Brut champagne bottles
I pour myself one of these on occasion too. And no wasted champagne afterwards!




Calling all parents/grandparents: you need to let your kids try these. Completely mess-free coloring, other than a few water drips here and there. Perfect for the CAR, for restaurants, in the church pew, on an airplane. And it keeps them occupied for a while.




My kids love this thing. We've had it a couple of years and we play with it at least once a week. We got this one at Target. A great gift idea as well.




Love, love, love these. They get played with EVERY day in our house by both kids. They're expensive but some things in life are just worth it! My kids will spend a good hour at a time playing with these. The only downside is that they end up everywhere! 




A friend suggested that I use this after I told her I have thousands of emails in my inbox (eek). I signed up and it significantly helped lighten my inbox. This is FREE to use and really easy to sign up. If you're someone that gets lots of emails, I highly suggest you try this out!





I'm a granola snob. I'm picky about the texture and flavor. I've never eaten a granola like this one before and I LOVE it. Chloe loves it too! It's not giant, chunky, hard bites (not a fan) - instead it's these light, crunchy bean crisps that pair so good with the almonds and cranberries and seeds and yum-o maple syrup tossed in with it all. We like to eat it dry as a healthy snack. Heading to my cupboard now....




To see other things I love, click here:





Please let me know what YOUR current faves are in the Comments below!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Liam's 5th Birthday Party

We celebrated Liam's fifth birthday for an entire week (lucky little boy). First with our extended family, then with our little family of four, and then with two of his friends.

For his family party we invited his grandparents, aunts/uncles and first cousins. Liam has been obsessed with the Trolls movie and Trolls movie soundtrack so it had to be a Trolls themed party!



Most of the trolls on this table were MINE FROM THE 90's!! A big thank you to my mom who saved them in her basement all these years. And now they're 'cool' again!


Sneaking in some snacks...

It was warm enough to play outside for a bit!

Our big FIVE year old!

Of course the kids had cake pops AND cake.

Liam got some cool gifts, including more Magna-Tiles to add to his collection!

The morning after the party. I love that all of the cousins are so close in age :)

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On the day of his birthday Matt took off of work and we did fun stuff all day:

Birthday breakfast (Liam's choice) of scrambled eggs, strawberries and fresh blueberry muffins.

He opened his gifts from us: a big set of colored pencils

And a Troll

We spent the morning at Possibility Playground.


The lake was beautiful.

That afternoon we walked to Vollrath Park to fly kites

A boy and his kite.



And ended the day with singing and CAKE!

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A few days later Liam had a couple of friends over to celebrate one last time.
Party games and sweets!


Happy 5th birthday Liam. You are the coolest little boy we know, so full of love and energy. You amaze us each day with your stories and creativity. We love you so, so much - Mom-Dad-Chloe



Check out all of his prior birthday parties here:


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Liam's 5th Birthday Interview


What is your name?  "Liam"

How old are you? "Five"


Where do you live? "In Sheboygan"


What is your favorite color? "Red"


What is your favorite animal? "Giraffe"


What is your favorite food? "Mostly muffins" (I interviewed him while he was eating a muffin - ha!)


What is your favorite toy? "Legos"


What is your favorite song? "I don't have a favorite song. But I love the Trolls music."


What is your favorite book? "The books with the hands on them, the yellow and red books."


What is your favorite TV Show? "P.J. Masks, Ready-Jet-Go"

Who is your best friend? "You" (he loves his mama)


What makes you happy? "Um....playing outside with Chloe."

What makes you sad? "That's a good one, I don't know."


What do you like to do indoors? "Play with Play-Doh"


What do you like to do outdoors? "Playing, riding on my bike"


What do you want to be when you grow up? "Um....I do not know."



Mom's notes: Liam loves the outdoors, hiking/exploring, going to our cabin, swimming, campfires, Legos, Trolls, painting/drawing/coloring, building, eating, cooking, watching movies, playing games, riding his bike, playing with Chloe, math/science/art and dancing. He is filled with energy and emotion and loves telling stories. He is the light in our lives.


Previous birthday interviews:
Liam's 3rd Birthday Interview
Liam's 4th Birthday Interview

Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview
Chloe's 2nd Birthday Interview

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A trip to the pumpkin farm - 2016

Last week we took our annual family trip to the local pumpkin farm. We pet & fed some goats, searched for 'the best pumpkins,' as Liam called them, and enjoyed the fresh autumn air. 




Chloe was obsessed with the goats...


Liam trying to lift a Liam-sized pumpkin...


Our little sweetie

Taking a rest...


No room for Liam in the wagon this time...

And playing with the goats one last time...


Looking back...


See photos from the pumpkin farm in 2015 here
See photos from the pumpkin farm in 2014 here

Friday, July 22, 2016

Chloe's 2nd Birthday Party

This summer has been busy! And my blog has gotten shoved to the side because of it. But I'm back and I have so many cool summer moments to share with you.

So let's backtrack to Chloe's birthday...which was way back in April!

We celebrated Chloe's second birthday with a birthday party attended by family.


This beautiful little girl woke up happy and ready for her party

On your birthday you get to eat Cool Whip with breakfast...


I can't believe our sweet little girl is two years old already!









The theme was rainbows...


Take-home treats for the kids


Rainbow craft station for the kids



Proud big brother Liam


And of course a rainbow cupcake cake...


And rainbow food...




Lucky little girl with her gifts...




A card from cousin Bella...


Her gift opening helper, cousin Hudson


New shades from grandma


Aunt Becky wishing Chloe a happy birthday via Face Time 


Cake time!
She was pretty tired at this point in time




Getting a little help blowing out the candles from cousin Rylan and Liam






Happy birthday to our little sweetie. Our little peanut. Our little cutie.
You are so full of life and love. We are so lucky to have you as our daughter.

Love,
Mom and Dad

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See Chloe's 1st Birthday Party here
See Chloe's 1st Birthday Interview here
See Chloe's 2nd Birthday Interview here