8.20.2016

BLACKBERRY MOJITO COBBLER


The end of the summer season is bittersweet. For me there's always a longing for time to slow down. I wish that there could be more summer days so that I can attempt to mark more things of my mental summer bucket list. More vacations, more time spent on the water and lounging on the hammock and less time worrying about the hustle and bustle that will inevitably arrive along with the school year. 

On a more positive note, the end of summer also brings beautiful things too. In the pacific northwest we get the gift of an abundance of blackberries growing naturally around every corner.

8.01.2016

TUMBLR BIRTHDAY POOL PARTY


If you've been following me here or on instagram, you already know I have been planning a fun 13th birthday for Chayce. The fun bash happened a few weeks ago and I am excited to finally be able to share all details of this amazing tumblr-emoji inspired pool party.

7.22.2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHAYCE!



We've made it! Thirteen years of parenthood! My first born is no longer just a child. She is a teen.

7.12.2016

FREE PRINTABLE POOL PARTY BDAY INVITE

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared the inspiration for Chayce's thirteenth birthday bash? 

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Her pool party bday invitations have been printed and delivered to guests and now I'm sharing a free printable fill in version as promised. Yay!

7.08.2016

WATERMELON SHAVED ICE


I love sno cones and shaved ice. At carnivals, fairs and amusement parks it is my one must have food stand treat. The only thing I don't love is the artificial super sweet and brightly colored syrup that is poured to excess all over the ice. While the kids are mixing and matching away with their syrups I  always want to order mine sans syrup. Straight up fluffy ice, please. Would that be weird?

7.07.2016

SUMMER CAMP ESSENTIALS + CAMP CARE PACKAGE

As days get longer and warmer in the Pacific Northwest it's time to think about sending my oldest off to summer camp. It's not her first year leaving us for a week to go to camp, but it is somewhat of an adjustment because last year was her first year as a overnight camper. I'm a bit more prepared, as is she, and we have a better idea of things she needs to make the most of her week away.

7.04.2016

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RECIPE

Happy Fourth of July! something about Independence Day makes me crave good old down home Americana food. Although this sweet homemade shortcake was not a classic food of my childhood, it just screams classic Americana. I grew up not really liking strawberry shortcake, or what I knew it to be - store bought round spongy cakes with super sweet syrupy strawberries and squirt whip cream. It was not until my step mom, Cheryl, first made me a delicious Bisquick drop biscuit shortcake that I fell in love with this dessert.