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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in November 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – November 2017

Dear November, 

You were a month of traveling and holiday fun!  Between Thanksgiving celebrations, my husband’s birthday and my annual best friend trip it was an adventure-filled month…. Just the way I like it!  I was able to jet set away to San Francisco for a kid-free girls weekend full of yummy food, beautiful sites, much cooler weather and lots of shopping. It was dreamy and exactly what this pregnant mama needed!  I am now in my second trimester so hopefully this morning sickness will fully go away soon, counting on it December! But, what I loved most about this month was the excitement it brought for the holiday season ahead.  It was a month of gratitude and family time and a special first… Our oldest learned how to ride a bike!  This is a big deal in the parenting world of firsts!

As the hustle and bustle of December begins, I pray that I can stay grounded in the true meaning of Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season, and continue to demonstrate for my girls what giving and showing love is all about.  Blessings to you this Christmas, remember to pause and cherish each moment.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in October 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares : October 2017

Dear October, 

You were a month of special news!  We excitedly announced that we are growing from a family of four to a family of five. It was a month filled with kindness, love and sweet comments that made our month! October has also been a month of fun holiday functions and preparation for the thankful season ahead in November.

As our AZ weather FINALLY cools down we are so grateful for the family fun ahead and our growing baby bump.

:: Our Month in 9 Squares – October 2017 ::Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in October 2017! Continue Reading

We are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!
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SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3

Here we go – Our family is growing -Pregnant with Baby #3!

You heard it right, Baby Wodiske is joining our family in April 2018!  While it still hasn’t completely sunk in yet that we are going to be a family of 5… We are thrilled to grow our family and we feel extremely blessed.  BUT, why does 3 seems a lot scarier than any of the other pregnancies?! (EEK!) I am thankful to say that our transition from 1 to 2 went very smooth and we have been blessed with two sweet girls who are going to be the BEST big sisters. We are saying goodbye to man-to-man defense and transitioning to zone defense as our little team of 3 will officially be outnumbering us!  Let the games begin!

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I come from a family of 3 kids and I am the beloved middle child, so having a family of 5 has always been a dream of mine. Although life is harder in the baby stage, I know it will all be worth it to have the fun bigger family to make memories with forever!

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With all the joy of growing our family comes all the agony of morning sickness!  Unfortunately, morning sickness for me is for REALZ!… and whoever dubbed it “morning” sickness never had to endure ALL DAY sickness! Sadly I have endured nausea and vomiting with all three pregnancies.  I am praying that in the next month or two things will calm down and I will start feeling more like myself again. It took until 19 weeks with my first two pregnancies, and right now 19 weeks seems like forever away! For all you ladies who were/are sick during your pregnancies, I feel for you… It is tough, physically and emotionally.

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It was so special talking to both of our girls about the new baby in mommy’s tummy and seeing their expressions. They are going to be fabulous big sisters and already have so much love for their sweet little baby!  My oldest is already calling it a little baby girl… we shall see!

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We couldn’t have asked for a better friend and talented photographer to take these beautiful photos of us as we celebrate our new bundle of joy! Chris, you captured our joy (and craziness) in such an authentic & beautiful way and we will forever cherish these photos! Thank you La Brisa Photography for always capturing our special milestones in the most perfect way.

SURPRISE! Pregnant With Baby #3 - Espresso Ever After BlogWe are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!


Well that’s the scoop! I plan on keeping you posted on our journey through this special pregnancy, I’m sure you will hear a lot about my cravings and exhaustion, but most importantly my excitement and preparation. Stay tuned a gender reveal post may be coming your way soon with highlights from both of the girl’s gender reveals and a little trip down memory lane.

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Thank you again for joining us during this exciting time.  So much fun is ahead!

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We are so excited to announce that we are pregnant with baby #3. I am opening up and sharing my heart & our maternity photo shoot w/ La Brisa Photography!

Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in September 2017!
Our Month in 9 Squares

Our Month In 9 Squares – September 2017

Dear September,

Where has the time gone? And just like that we are heading into the (real) fall season and I am beyond ready for cooler temps, living in layers and lots of hot coffee! We have finally been able to enjoy our backyard and patio in the mornings and evenings and having football back has made this month extra special!

October, we are excited for pumpkin patches, costumes and harvest-filled memories.

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Our Month In 9 Squares is a 9-photo recap of the month, filled with photos and cherished memories. Check out our favorite moments in September 2017!

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Family-Friendly HOME-GATING Ideas

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Football Season Is Back - Family Friendly HOME-GATING Ideas. Everything you need to throw a kid-friendly tailgating party at home! TOUCHDOWN!

Fall means football… and I love fall!

Football Season Is Back - Family Friendly HOME-GATING Ideas. Everything you need to throw a kid-friendly tailgating party at home! TOUCHDOWN!

To successfully host a family-friendly home-gating party you need to focus on three main aspects: tasty treats, a kids activity corner & of course team spirit! 

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Looking for a good book to read? Big Little Lies is all the things! It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. I highly recommend!
Book Reviews

Big Little Lies – Book Review

This book is ALL THE THINGS!!!

Big Little Lies is filled with friendship and laughter, touching moments, twists, murder and a dramatic ending… after all isn’t that what you want out of a good fiction book?  When you read this book you will understand why it is on the New York Times Bestseller list and why it was turned into a tv show.  To be honest, I heard about the tv show before I read this book and that sparked me to read the book first, and I am so glad I did!

Looking for a good book to read? Big Little Lies is all the things! It will keep you guessing chapter after chapter. I highly recommend!

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Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
LIFESTYLE, Travel

You Had Me At STAYcation – Phoenix, Arizona

STAYcation: [vacation close to home]

Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

My husband and I recently celebrated our nine year wedding anniversary with a STAYcation at one of our favorites! When you live in a state that offers some of the most beautiful resort options available, why leave town to have a good time!? As you already know from my previous posts, we are big fans of STAYcations and constantly promote the idea of staying nearby and enjoying all of the amenities that your city and state have to offer!  We selected the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa because it holds a special place in our hearts and is filled with sweet memories over the last 9 years of our relationship. Plus, it is beyond fabulous!

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The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona is simply stunning!  From the second you walk in, you feel like you’re at a desert oasis. The pool area is magnificent with different areas to lounge and delight in their decadent drinks and poolside food.  You can also jump on a raft and float along the lazy river.  With several different pools to chose from, our personal favorite is the waterfall pool because you get an awesome experience of a tranquil waterfall with a nearby DJ providing musical glory!

Anniversary STAYcation - Phoenix, Arizona - JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Desert Ridge offers a fabulous grand entrance, and the rooms are so accomodating; once you arrive, there is no reason to leave. They have everything you could possibly need, want or desire on site: an incredible spa, a full service Starbucks, a large store/souvenir shop, nightly live music, top notch restaurants, kids activities, golf course and unbelievable views in every direction you look.

Don’t just take my word for it, enjoy a few photos from our amazing weekend away and trust me you, too, will want to stay here!



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My Wish For You... On Your First Day Of Kindergarten | The Blue Envelope - K is for Kindergarten Tee | Back to School Looks | A Letter To My daughter on her 1st day of Kindergarten
Faith & Encouragement, Family, Fashion, LIFESTYLE

My Wish For You… On Your First Day Of Kindergarten

When you become a mom, you hear so often that you need to enjoy every minute because time flies by… overused advice, but oh so true!  I am so grateful for all of the time and cherished moments we’ve shared together.  Memories have been made, time has flown by, and though I don’t want to believe it, here we are… my daughter’s first day of Kindergarten.  How can my first-born and little bestie, that I have spent every waking minute with since the day I found out we were growing our family, be starting school?  I am flooded with emotions. Everything from excitement to sadness to loneliness to nervousness… but most of all, I am overwhelmed with a sense of pride in who she is and who she’s becoming.  If I could pass on a few important things, these would be what I would want you to take with you as you enter your Kindergarten class.

My Wish For You... On Your First Day Of Kindergarten | The Blue Envelope - K is for Kindergarten Tee | Back to School Looks | A Letter To My daughter on her 1st day of Kindergarten



Dear Paisley – On your first day of Kindergarten, my wish for you is… 

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Monthly MUST Haves - May 2017
Fashion, LIFESTYLE, Monthly MUST Haves

Monthly MUST Haves – May 2017

Monthly MUST Haves is a monthly recap on products, services or companies that have caught my attention, or that I have fallen in love with over the last month.  A fun way for me to share random things that make me happy, in hopes that they might bring you joy as well!

For the May 2017 edition of Monthly MUST Haves I am excited to share 3 of my favorite small shops that specialize in the kiddos. Enjoy these fashionable companies!

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Stuck On You | Cactus Inspired Goodies
Fashion, LIFESTYLE

Stuck On You | Cactus Inspired Goodies

As an Arizona girl, I am living the cactus dream… along with the triple digit nightmare!  But now that summer is here, I am embracing it in full force and am stuck on the cactus trend.  I thought it would be fun to share my favorite cactus inspired goodies and stylish recommendations to help bring your cactus-love to life!
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