family of five standing in the mountain woods
travel + adventure

family trip to the arizona white mountains

Continuing on the the diary of our summer of traveling fun: this past weekend we took a family trip to the Arizona White Mountains! My husband travels a lot for work, but as a family, we don’t get to travel much together. So it was a real treat to take this little mountain escape! A

mom and three kids walking on the beach in swimsuits
travel + adventure

why you need a trip with family friends

In my last post, I shared with you guys some of our travel plans for this summer. We weren’t initially planning to be so busy with travel, but so far, it’s working out just fine for us. 😉 Last week, I ended up taking the kids on a last minute trip to California (my husband

summer travel ready with suitcases and a hotel bellhop
travel + adventure

summer travel ready

I don’t know who’s more ready for summer break and our upcoming travel this year: me, or the kids! In years past, we’ve done no plans for an easy going summer, or a few plans but not much more than that summer. This summer, we are ready – it feels like we have every single.

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design love

the ldl home: our backyard reveal

Last year, I shared with you guys how grateful we are for our big backyard. But as we went through the remodel process inside the house, as well as the addition of the casita, we started to realize some of the downsides of the the way the outside space wasn’t functioning for us. We eventually

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motherhood

diy cardboard train table

This post is a paid promotion by Fisher Price. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own. Choo choo! All of my kiddos have loved Thomas the Tank Engine at one point or another in their lives. To tell you the truth, I loved watching it when I was a kid, too! So recently,

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eats + drinks

daily moments + how we eat

I have been inspired to share some more of our daily lives here on the blog for a while now. My girlfriend Steph Pollock has been doing a series called #thedailymoments for a while now, where she encourages others to join along. At the same, a lot of you have been asking about how I