my sweet girl and me, ready for the new year 2019! thelovedesignedlife.com #newyearsgoals #newyear #mommyandme
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new year, new goals

Happy New Years’ Eve! I honestly love this time of year, for reflection. Reflecting on where I’ve been and where I’m going. Reflecting on the past year can show me gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for each and every year, and I love taking a step back on the year to really

a peek inside our gingerbread house decorating party
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how to host a simple gingerbread party

This is our second year playing host to a simple, but fun, little gingerbread party playdate! This idea started when a few of my best friends from college and I wanted to get together with our kiddos for the holidays. One of my girlfriends from this group used to host a bigger holiday pajama party

our most recent staycation at Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, AZ | thelovedesignedlife.com #staycation #vacation #hotelvalleyho #holidaygift
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our holiday gift tradition to one another

For the past four years, since my youngest babe was brand new, my husband and I have forgone traditional holiday gifts to one another and instead planned a staycation at a local resort. We love exploring all the cool little corners of our hometown here in Arizona! It’s a great way to reconnect and escape

pretend christmas cooking baking with melissa and doug set from kohl's. all the best holiday toy shopping here for you! | thelovedesignedlife.com @kohls #ad #christmascookies #imaginaryplay #christmastime #holidaygifts
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holiday toy shopping guide

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included toys as compensation. Now that the turkey and stuffing are all gone, it’s time to get holiday shopping! The kids have been busy already making their Christmas wish lists and “baking” pretend holiday cookies, so they are getting in

how we get around town for our everyday adventures safely with the Maxi-Cosi Magellan Max carseat | thelovedesignedlife.com #motherhood #toddler #carseat #safety
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everyday adventures with mom

Thank you Maxi-Cosi for sponsoring this post. Keep your little adventurers comfy, safe & stylish with the Maxi-Cosi Magellan™ Max 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat! This last month or so since the kids went back to school, we have been slowly finding our rhythm. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that this

how we chose our location this year for family photos | thelovedesignedlife.com
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how to pick a location for family photos

Over the past few years, I have been sharing some of my tips for family photos. I am so happy to have received so much amazing feedback from so many people on my tips! [See previous years’ tips on how to nail your family photos here, and how to style family photos here.] So this