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Idaho Family Vacation Recap
Family, LIFESTYLE, Travel

First Family Vacation | Idaho RECAP

We wanted to show our girls the simple life on our first family vacation together as a family of four.  We decided to take the girls out of the city and submerge them into the beautiful wilderness of Idaho.  Our day-to-day life is filled with activities, places to go and people to see, so we really made it a point to relax, kickback and just have fun together.  Our good friends invited us to come out and visit their home in Idaho Falls and it was the perfect opportunity to explore Idaho and show our little ladies a good time.

This vacation was filled with many firsts for us, not only was it our first real family vacation, but it was also our first family flight together.  Flying with kids was definitely a new adventure for my husband… but thankfully all went great and so began our exciting adventure! Continue Reading


Datebox – Growth

I am much more me when I’m with you. – Datebox

For our 8th wedding anniversary, I wanted to share a special date with my husband, but I was looking for something a little outside our box.  Ironically enough, a friend of mine recommended something inside a box: a Datebox.

Datebox is a subscription box company that you pre-order online and every month a unique box containing everything you need for a fun and creative date is delivered to your door step. Each month the box has a different theme and activity inside that allows you an opportunity to create a special memory.
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Motherhood Series Post
Faith & Encouragement, LIFESTYLE

MOMMIN’ Aint Easy : Real-life Motherhood

Urban Dictionary describes it perfectly:

Mom: The woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else.  Just telling her your problems makes you feel better because moms always know how to make it all go away. Even if you fight, know that she’s just looking out for your best interests.

When I became a mom everyone warned me: “life will never be the same again.” It always reminded me of the song – “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”  I heard what they were saying but I didn’t truly know what they were saying until I became a mom 1,424 days ago.  And it’s true, life has not been the same. It’s been better… better than I could have ever imagined it!  Being a mom is truly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far! Continue Reading

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CHEERS! to Wedding Season – The Perfect Wedding Gift

It’s June… so that means wedding season is in full swing and wedding bells are ringing!  Warning, I might be a little bias because I am a June bride… and if you don’t believe me just turn on the Hallmark channel, June is wedding movie month.  🙂

Since I just celebrated my anniversary… weddings are on my mind.  So I wanted to share with all of you wedding-goers one of my favorite go-to wedding gifts.  It is super simple to make and always a hit with the bride and groom.   Continue Reading

8th wedding anniversary
CELEBRATE, Faith & Encouragement, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

8 Things I Have Learned In 8 Years Of Marriage

Today marks my 8th wedding anniversary, I can’t believe I have been married for 8 years to my college sweetheart! I am so thankful for all of the fun moments and memories, as well as the hard times and difficulties.  We have been through college, more college, moving to Washington, moving to Kansas, buying a home, having babies, career changes, losing loved ones…  I could go on and on.  The beauty of marriage is that you have a partner to do life with.  Someone to lean on in hard times and someone to rejoice with in the good times.  Marriage is a beautiful gift.

8 year wedding anniversary

Since today is my 8th wedding anniversary I wanted to share…               8 little gems I have learned in my 8 years of marriage.

Disclaimer: my marriage is not perfect… far from it actually.  But, we are fully committed to one another and do our best to love, serve, and respect one another on a daily basis.  
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Take me out to the ball game ...

Take Me Out To The Ball Game – 1st Family Baseball Game

“Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don’t care if I never get back, Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win it’s a shame. For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.”-William Hung

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Let me set it up for you… April 4th, 2016 – Opening Day Game 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies – the amazing open roofed Chase Field. The score… no one needs to know that!  My handsome, baseball-lovin’ hubby holding hands and practically skipping around the stadium with our enthusiastic 3 year old daughter.  Me, walking behind, admiring my two cuties, while baby wearing my sweet, wide-eyed one year old cutie-pie.  Memories I will never forget.

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We were so blessed to be gifted with amazing seats that allowed the 4 of us to sit back, relax and enjoy all of the magic of America’s favorite pastime.  It was so much fun teaching the girls different baseball chants and cheers throughout the game, reminding them to always keep their eye on the ball and how fun it is to sing the 7th inning stretch.  Paisley adored the condiment race on the big screen, and honestly Payton just snacked on anything she could get her hands on.  Whether they wanted it or not, we were probably the entertainment for many fans around us.  The girls did amazing, and all I could do was smile.  I was just so happy to be sharing such an amazing and memory-filled night with my family of 4.
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For many, it was just game 1 of the season, but to me… it was an incredible night that my family and I won’t soon forget!

Take me out to the ball game ...

I truly don’t need all the fancy things the world has to offer, I just need special memories and magical moments shared with the people I love!

Material items fade away, but memories last forever.  Make your moments

 … CLICK HERE to watch Payton cheer on the Dbacks!!…
Mother's Day Gift Ideas ... for the men

10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas … FOR THE MEN WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GET!

Disclaimer : Husbands, Dads, Sons, or just MEN in general… this post is for you!

If you have a special woman in your life that you are struggling to shop for this Mother’s Day, have no fear, I am here to rescue you!  I have compiled a list of 10 ideas to assist you with your Mother’s Day shopping/planning.  If you feel like you have NO IDEA where to even start… START HERE.  Mom’s, if that lucky man in your life is struggling to find something special for you this Mother’s Day (or let’s face it, if he has dropped the ball in the past)… send him this post and sit back and relax … I got ya girl! 

Here is a list to get you thinking for Mother’s Day… “What does my lady want???”

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birthday - relevant
CELEBRATE, Faith & Encouragement, Holidays, LIFESTYLE

31 and Relevant

Today is my birthday and I am turning thirty… plus 1 year, YAY! I am not one to obsess on turning another year older. To me, age is just a number.  What matters to me is looking back at what I have done with that number and being thankful and proud of my time spent here on earth.  I have been married for almost 8 years, I have 2 little girls under the age of 4 and a very happy home… this is what makes me cherish each passing year.  I want to look back and think that my time has been well spent (relevant). What a shame it would be to look back one day and realize that I didn’t make an impact, or that I succeeded in many things, but that none of them mattered, or to realize that I hoarded God’s blessings and didn’t share them with others.

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I recently stumbled upon this fabulous article from RELEVANT Magazine – 15 Things to Start Doing By the Time You’re 30.  

I know what you are thinking; “Jenna… you are turning 31”, and you are right.  But it is never too early, or too late, to start working on positive progress in our lives.  This article is all about the things we should be doing to improve life choices, use of time, and help prepare us for our future… yes please! Today, on this milestone day in my life, I wanted to focus in on these important things and make a change!  Do you want to take that step with me? Continue Reading

Trust in you
Faith & Encouragement, LIFESTYLE

Trust In You : Lauren Daigle

I woke up this morning with a very heavy heart and overcome with sadness, and when I needed it the most… God provided the perfect song to speak to me.  Trust In You by Lauren Daigle.  I have always loved this song, but today it took on a deeper meaning for me.  All of the words touched my heart so much and it was exactly what I needed to hear, as a reminder to continue to put my trust in God.

Sadly, a dear friend of mine unexpectedly passed away, leaving behind a loving husband and beautiful little girl.  It has been a very emotional and sorrow-filled time for my family and I, and everyone that knew her.  I know God’s plan is always perfect, but in times of tragedy and loss, it can be hard to understand what He is doing.  I needed this song and this reminder to continue to trust in Him, even in the moments where it seems too hard. ❤️  If you are going through a tough season or struggling to trust in God’s plan, please know that He is in control, even in the darkest moments, and His way is good.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Praying for peace and guidance for all of you today! God Bless!

Trust In You – Lauren Daigle

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet 
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see

I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my side

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings 
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation; the rock on which I stand

Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!

give thanks
Faith & Encouragement, LIFESTYLE

Give Thanks in All Circumstances : Outside The Frame

Today’s Outside The Frame : Blog Link-up topic is all about God’s Word.  I have the honor of sharing my favorite MEMORY VERSE with you, something that is near and dear to my heart.

I am in a season of life right now where I am living in organized chaos, and I am finally comfortable enough to admit that it’s OKAAAAAAY!  I have a hubby that is hard at work, two little ones running around messing up the place and then of course working from home and trying to fit my job in-between meals and nap-time isn’t always the easiest task… Not to mention ‘working on my fitness’ (she’s my witness… thanks Fergie-Ferg!)!  Life has gone from normally busy to absolutely crazy in 2.0 seconds.  BUT, I am so grateful to be where I am,  and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Continue Reading