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After a few years of miserably failing at my lofty New Year’s resolutions plans, I’ve decided to take a different, broader approach this year.  I’ve always thought it to be really healthy to look back on your year as a whole and figure out the things you did really well and the areas you could have done a whole better in.  For me, this past year I worked….A LOT!  I grew my business and found a new space to work out of….two major goals I had at the start of the 2016.  What I didn’t do as much as I would have hoped is travel with my family.  I had intention to, but as it usually does, life got busy and nothing was planned.  I’ve realized with our crazy schedules, PLANNING IS EVERYTHING.  If I don’t sit down in front of a calendar and intentionally plan out specific dates of when and where I’d like to go, it usually doesn’t happen.  This is definitely at the top of my “get better at” list! I hope to take a few trips together as a family, just the four of us this year.  Rylee just turned 5 and now is the time she is really making memories that will last her a lifetime.  I want to be able to create some awesome memories with her of trips we take together.  I don’t have those places mapped out in my mind yet, but…I’m working on it!  Palm Springs is always a favorite getaway of ours, so I am thinking to head there sometime in the Spring.  And then maybe a trip to the snow somewhere in the winter.  And then a one on one trip with Sam is a must as well!

I can always count on traveling a few times out of the year for work.  My big Paris trip is at the end of the month (can’t complain about having to travel to Paris for work right?)!  I went for the first time last year in the summer but this will be my first time going during winter!  I just got the new Fossil Hybrid Watch and it is for sure coming with me!  It has so many features that make traveling that much easier.  Like its multiple time zone feature that allows me to compare the time in Paris with the time back at home so I can figure out when to connect with Sam and the kids.  It’s got an alarm clock, email and social media notifications, along with a 6 month battery life, built in activity tracker, and it can even take a picture!  Who knew a watch could be so smart?!  Sam also got a Fossil smartwatch in black stainless steel and plans to take it on his work trips as well this year.

Needless to say, more TRAVEL is definitely a goal for 2017!  Family friendly travel suggestions welcome!




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This past November Sam and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. SEVEN YEARS! Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe it’s been that long and sometimes it feels like an eternity that we’ve walked side by side. It’s so mushy but it’s true that I love him more today than I did when we exchanged vows on that perfect day 7 years ago. We often joke that we are officially that old married couple who’d rather “Netflix and chill” than go out on the town at night. But I’m honestly not at all ashamed of that. I love being home. One of the things I’ve been working on is trying to get to bed earlier. I have always been a night owl, for as long as I can remember. I’ve always felt my best creative ideas take form in the wee hours of the night, but with two kids and a busy schedule, that lifestyle leaves me running on far too little sleep. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of a good night’s sleep. I wish I would have caught on to this when I was younger but….c’est la vie. They definitely don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! My 32 year old self is just now catching on. I usually like to “wind down” in some way with Sam after the kids go to bed at night. Either watch a show together or read a book or a magazine. Sometimes I like a warm cup of tea or cider before bed, I’m not sure why, there’s just something about it that’s relaxing to me. I try not to have any caffeine after 7pm because caffeine has always been something that affects my sleep. One new thing I am going to try going into this year is to going to sleep and getting up at the same time every day. I want to try to stick to a schedule (as much as I can anyway) to help set my body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of sleep I am getting. The sleep tracker feature on my Fossil Smartwatch helps me to stay on track with this goal. It let’s me know how many hours I am sleeping each night and has an alarm option that I can set to remind me when to go to bed and when to wake up. Combine that with it’s built in Fitness Tracker and I should be set up to feel my best ever this year J Wish me luck!

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Leave it to Rachel Zoe to design the chic-est stroller of all time!  She partnered with Quinny, merging their popular Moodd stroller with her own fashion sensibility.  It’s a perfect mix of classic black and white and brown cognac leather with oversized gold detailing.  It really is the most beautiful stroller I’ve ever seen!  Quinny’s Moodd stroller design is one of my favorites because it’s equipped with an automatic opening mechanism that makes opening and closing a breeze.  And let’s be honest, when it comes to strollers, functionality is at the top of the list.  Luckily, Quinny and Rachel Zoe have merged all of our dreams of functionality and style into one amazing stroller! :)  You can purchase the whole Rachel Zoe collection through the links below!  Now….if only I had a tiny baby to put in that beautiful infant carseat!  Sigh.  Still wrestling with the decision of adding #3 to our family or calling it quits.  Why does it have to be so hard!!?  For the moment, I am just trying to enjoy my two little loves, who as you can see, are finally starting to really love each other!

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How is it already back to school season!?? This summer seriously FLEW.  We had to make the tough decision earlier this year if we wanted to hold Ry back one more year in Pre-K or send her through to kindergarten.  Her birthday is August 19th, so she would have been the very youngest in her class if we were to send her through.  After chatting with her teacher and sitting on it a bit, we came to the decision that it would probably be best to let her have one more year in Pre-K.  For Rylee, this decision wasn’t really an academic one, as we felt she was more than equipped there.  It was more an emotional / social one.  Ry is a sensitive little person. (I have no idea where she got that from! haha).  She is shy and timid and slow to open up.  When she does, she gives all of herself, but it’s getting there that is the challenge.  We felt that one more year in Pre-K would give her the opportunity to grow in her social skills and self confidence.  I know in my gut it was the right decision for her.  We just got a letter in the mail today from her new teacher and she has made me read it about a thousand times over!  She is so excited to see some of her old classmates from last year, and meet some new ones too!

We took a trip to Famous Footwear to get ALL of us some new kicks for the season.  Needless to say, we went a little Converse crazy!  Sam has been wearing cons for as long as I’ve known him.  Of course, Cru is a mini Sam, so we got him a new pair of black chucks to match dad.  And Ry wanted to be like me with new leather white ones!  I guess Sam’s style has rubbed off on all of us :)  I’m wearing the new Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker in all white.  With all the running around bringing the kids to and from school, dance classes, play dates, ect, it’s nice to have a pair of shoes that are comfy and adapt to my on-the-go lifestyle.  I used to be a heels gal, boy has that changed!  I think we are all ready for school to start and to have our schedule back again!  Super excited for my girl and all the fun things in store for her this school year!  Let’s do this! Oh and make sure to check out my instagram to enter to win $100 gift card to spend at Famous Footwear this season!

Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

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Life has felt so full lately.  So many things to do and never enough hours in the day.  It’s definitely been a challenging season, and finding some time for myself…some “rest amidst the chaos”… is one of the things I have been searching for. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to really excel in all the areas of my life….as a wife, a mom, a business owner….and a lot of times I feel like I am just not measuring up.  When I find myself in this space, the best thing for me, ironically, is to rest.  To take a step back and reevaluate my priorities.  One of my definitions of rest is just “being” with my kids.  Letting my mind take a break from work and to-do lists, and being fully present with them….living in the moment.  It’s one of the things that brings me the most joy and fulfillment.  Even something as simple as a walk along the coast.  Getting outside and exploring the world around us is something I think all of us crave.  There is this cliff near our house that overlooks the ocean and the view always takes my breath away.  It’s one of those spots that seems to put everything into perspective.  We took our new Bugaboo Cameleon 3 stroller for a spin there this weekend.  It’s a stroller I’ve actually had my eye on for years so I was really excited when it arrived.  Strollers are usually a bear for me to put together so I usually leave that chore to Sam (lucky guy).  But I decided to give it a try myself this time around and to my surprise, it was super easy to set up.  Right away, I was most impressed with the quality.  Obviously, I love an all-black stroller (I wear black usually 6 out of 7 days a week and it’s only fitting that my stroller matches my wardrobe, right!?) but you can tell the fabric is really durable and made to last.  The Cameleon is an all-terrain stroller with a reversible seat and handle bar.  One cool feature that I figured out was that it can transform to two-wheel mode by reversing the handle bar and removing the smaller front wheels.  This allows you to push it through the sand much easier.  I’ve actually never been able to successfully move a stroller through thick sand without help….so as much as we are at the beach, I know this feature will be put to good use!  Bugaboo strollers are designed to ‘move freely’ with features like the custom shock absorption, one handed steering and a seamless 360 degree turn.  The quality and craftmanship of this stroller are pretty obvious, even from the first time I put it to use. I’m looking forward to going on more adventures with the kids with this stroller.

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