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Monthly MUST Haves - October
Fashion, LIFESTYLE, Monthly MUST Haves

Monthly MUST Haves – October 2016

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!

Here are my October Monthly MUST Haves… these items would all make great gifts for the upcoming holidays! (Hint…hint!)

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Let's Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies
Fashion, Holidays, Printables

Let’s Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies

I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for the holidays this year.  I love decorating the house, the chilly weather and the cozy and snuggly times shared with my family.  One of our favorite holiday traditions is cuddling up with the girls, and watching our favorite holiday movies.  We love to put on our favorite pajamas, snack on goodies and get into the holiday spirit.  It is a tradition that my girls have come to love and look forward to, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Let's Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies

This year I decided I was going to go all out and surprise the girls with matching pajamas, and I found the perfect shop to get them at.  If you haven’t heard of Gentry California, you are in for a treat.  When I came across this mom-owned adorable shop, I fell in love!  Gentry California specialized in monogrammed and personalized apparel for babies, children and women and everything is beyond fabulous! Continue Reading

How To Order Picture Perfect Christmas Cards | Featuring Shutterfly
CREATE, DIY, Holidays

How To Order Picture Perfect Christmas Cards | Featuring Shutterfly

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away… Which means Christmas is right around the corner??!! Where has 2016 gone?! Since December is almost here, you know what that means… Time to order Christmas Cards! Every year I order our family Christmas Cards through Shutterfly because they have the biggest selection and I am always happy with their backgrounds, colors and options.  Their website is so user-friendly and within a few minutes you can have a picture perfect card.

How To Order Picture Perfect Christmas Cards | Featuring Shutterfly

If you’re not familiar with Shutterfly let me explain. Shutterfly is an online photo and personalization company that I have been using for over 12 years. Let’s just say I’m a big fan of Shutterfly!  Every November, with the click of a button, I upload my family photos into their website and create a unique and special Christmas Card to send out to my family and friends.

Shutterfly does an amazing job of coming out with new designs, creative photo layouts, well-thoughtout holiday taglines and colorful touches that make our holiday cards so beautiful; and this years selection does not disappoint!

Not only are the selections amazing, but so are the prices. Shutterfly always offers amazing discount codes and you get so much bang for your buck when you order through them online. (Keep reading… There are fabulous Shutterfly discounts at the end of this post – Your welcome!) Continue Reading

This Winter BUNDLE UP In Style | Featuring The Children's Place
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This Winter BUNDLE UP In Style | Featuring The Children’s Place

I love jackets, scarfs, hats, gloves and just about anything winter clothes related. So when it comes to picking out adorable winter looks for my girls, I have way too much fun!  Contrary to popular belief, Phoenix can still get chilly in the winter. Subzero? No.  Teens to 30’s? You betchya.  For this reason, I need to get my girls ready for the change in season.  For my little ones, I love bundling them up in the marshmallow-like puffer jackets with a coordinating hat. There is nothing cuter in my mind than a BUNDLED marshmallow running around!

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Pumpkin Patch
Family, LIFESTYLE

Adventures at the Pumpkin Patch

Today we were blessed with a fun morning at the pumpkin patch, but in true Arizona glory it was a scorcher! 97 degrees makes it hard to feel “fall-like” at a farm, but we did our best to ignore the sunny heat and just enjoy the fall festivities.  Surrounded by mom friends and lots of little ones running around, we still managed to have a great time!

Mother Nature’s Farm in Gilbert, Arizona provided a fun morning of pumpkin picking, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, goat feeding, corn mazes and bounce houses. With all the excitement, the kids didn’t even realize how hot it was, they had a blast!  I always love fall activities and the opportunity to experience new adventures with my girls.


Here are a few pumpkin-loving photos of our pumpkin patch adventures!

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Fall Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies - Recipe
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Fall Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

When you make this recipe, be ready for your home to be filled with the true smells of fall; sugar and spice and everything nice.  It is beyond fabulous!

Now that the sweet fall chill is in the air, it’s time for some cookie baking!  I love this oatmeal cookie recipe because of my super sweet ingredient surprise; butterscotch.  Now, I recognize that “Butterscotch” doesn’t exactly make most people begin salivating, but the right amount in the right recipe can be magical!  It is the perfect surprise ingredient.  If you are simply not a butterscotch person, then feel free to get creative with your add-in items and switch it up with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, raisins, or even cinnamon chips.  Since it is fall, I also sprinkled in a little splash of fall colors with edible confetti leaves.  This cookie is an easy bake, full of fall love and will be enjoyed by everyone.  My kids and husband approve!

Fall Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies - Recipe

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Float
CELEBRATE, CREATE, Holidays, Recipes

PUMPKIN Floats

{I am CRUSHing on this Pumpkin Float…  It is bubbling over with eerie-orange goodness.}

Every October I love to make yummy goodies and enjoy hands-on and spooky activities with my girls.  This simple and delicious twist on the classic ice cream float recipe is a perfect way to enjoy the excitement of October with your kiddos.  It also makes for a delicious drink to serve at your upcoming holiday party.

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Fall on the Farm | Celebrating the 1st Fall Weekend
Family, LIFESTYLE

Fall on the Farm | Celebrating the 1st Weekend of Fall

We decided to kick off the first weekend of fall on the right note… with a girls day at the farm.  We joined friends and spent the morning exploring the farm.  Now that the girls are 4 and 1 years old, this fall is going to be an active one filled with all kinds of fun.  There are so many aspects of fall that I can not get enough of, and they all start with the word pumpkin.  Well maybe not all of them, but most of them; picking out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, painting pumpkins, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, sweater weather, football, fall candles, plaid blanket scarfs… I could go on and on.  There is something so sweet about fall and all of the festivities… just thinking about it makes me feel all cozy inside.

…Anyways, sorry about my tangent on my love for fall, back to the farm!  We were able to show the kids pretty much every farm animal you can imagine and the best part was riding a train all around the farm and through the pumpkin fields.  It was a great day and the perfect kick-off to all of the exciting memories and times coming in October.

Here are a few photos from our day on the farm!

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If you live in Arizona or plan on visiting, add Schnepf Farms to your must-visit list. They have the best ‘Pumpkin and Chili Party’ every weekend through the month of October… it is legit fall fun!

Have fun this fall season.  Embrace all of the festivities and enjoy making memories with your loved ones!  I encourage you to try something new and to drink lots of pumpkin spice lattes!

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FALL is in the AIR | 10 Holiday MUST HAVE Candles
Holidays, LIFESTYLE

FALL is in the AIR | 10 Holiday MUST HAVE Candles

Fall is in the Air… and it smells amazing.  I can’t get enough of the incredible scents of the season so I wanted to share 10 of my favorite candles that every home must have!  Fill your home with the beautiful notes of buttercream, pumpkin spice, coffee beans, spiked cider, cedar wood and a tinge of cinnamon!  There is nothing more pleasant than entering a home with dazzling candles flickering and being welcomed with sensational smells… its all about the ambiance!

FALL is in the AIR | 10 Holiday MUST HAVE Candles



Here are 10 of my favorite fall candles…

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